In essence most New Year's resolutions can be simplified into one goal, happiness. Whether we aspire to lose weight, save money or become more positive, we identify changes (or plans to change) that will us closer to a sense of fulfillment in our lives.
At the stroke of midnight people eagerly say, write and even video their resolutions. But, what about those who can't do any of those things? What about those who may have never been asked that question? What are their hopes and dreams for the future?
The resolution project was created to highlight the hopes and dreams of the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive support from YAI a multi-national network that supports the individuals with disabilities. Each person had opportunity to share their goals for 2017. For those who cannot communicate through words, the amazing staff at YAI collaborated to express their goals based on the things they love doing.
In many cases individuals with disabilities are looked upon as people who need our sympathy. This cannot be farther from the truth. These are adults with dreams, determination and confidence. Whether their goal was to "listen to more music" or to "walk faster" they were authentic in their pursuit of happiness. We cannot deny. That their are differences between those with and without disabilities. However, to only see those differences is a disservice to these vivacious human beings. In 2017 I hope we all can do a little to help those who need support to reach for the goals they with to accomplish.