Posts Tagged ‘safe’

Tips to keep children with autism and other disabilities safe from sexual abuse

July 8, 2012

Keeping children and adults with autism and other disabilities safe from sexual abuse is a critical topic that people don’t like to talk about, but warrants more attention than it often receives. Several studies have indicated that children with disabilities face a higher risk of sexual abuse than those without disabilities. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, women with disabilities are sexually abused at a rate at least twice that of the general population.

Children with autism and other disabilities can be especially vulnerable because of communication problems or a lack of fear. Incidents may go unreported because children with disabilities may not be able to convey what happened, may not fully understand what is inappropriate, or may not be seen as credible because of communication problems.

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Try Hard. Do Your Best. Put Your Heart Into It. Be Intense. Care.

December 5, 2009

Don’t ever let anyone take your passion away.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re trying too hard or that you care too much.  Always put your heart into everything.  Don’t apologize for doing a great job.

As the saying goes, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

But mediocre people are afraid of the opportunity for greatness.  They are afraid of change.  They like the status quo.

Of course, a weak person would say, “Nothing ventured, nothing lost.”  That means that they perceive any risk by looking at what could go wrong.

These people like the status quo.  They may say they want their lives to be improved, but they really just want to sit around and do nothing.  They’re more comfortable around people who are like themselves:  people who don’t try too hard, who like things to always be the same.  All they want is for things to be easy, safe, predictable.

They run from any and all problems, not realizing that by figuring out solutions, you can turn problems into opportunities.  They are afraid of progress because progress can be scary.  It involves change.  Progress comes in leaps and bounds along with a few regressions rather than in a straight line.

They are allergic to even the slightest bit of pressure, not understanding that a little bit of pressure can be beneficial.

They look for the easy way out.

I call these people the donut eaters.  Imagine government employees who have become complacent.  They just want things to be easy.

Then they wake up and wonder where the time went by.  They ask themselves if it was worth it to sacrifice the chance for greatness by putting comfort and familiarity first.

They vote on personality, not on the issues.

Weak people are also susceptible to the sales-type personality.  You can see the stars in their eyes when they listen to an authority figure speak.  They don’t remember what was said, but boy are they impressed by a good speech.  They don’t like honesty, bluntness, frankness.

Weak people aren’t loyal.  They aren’t there for you when you need them or when things are down.  They are there, though, for you when things are up.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re trying too hard, that you care too much, that you have too much passion, that you’re too intense.

Try hard, care, have passion, and be intense.

Baby Strollers and Safety

June 17, 2009

People need to be more careful when they roll their babies in strollers crossing busy streets or in busy parking lots.  They should try to avoid these situations altogether because they are too dangerous.  It’s worse than riding a bike in heavy traffic.  Yes, you have the right of way, but is it really safe?