During a recent presentation to a group of non-educators, a member said just that. "I don't know anyone with a disability."
You might have to read that twice to let that sink in and wrap your mind around that statement.
First of all... unless you are living under a rock or have isolated yourself from the rest of humankind, you more than likely know someone with a disability.
I'm 99% sure that you do.
People with disabilities, learning differences, differing abilities, or however you want to say it are everywhere.
FACT: One billion people or 15% of the global population have a disability.
FACT: That is the largest "minority" population in the world.
Are all disabilities visible? NO!
Does everyone with a disability use a wheelchair? NO!
Disabilities come in a wide variety:
The point is... does it matter?
People with disabilities don't wear a t-shirt or announce their sign to announce their difference.
If that were the case, we would all have to wear our own custom t-shirt and design.
We are all so very different.
And that is a beautiful thing...