The hardest part of overcoming a challenge is not the challenge itself, but the stigma that is attached to the challenge, that makes you doubt yourself.
The hardest part for me in living with autism is not the autism itself, but how people perceive my disability. When people presume limitations for you, that can become how you see yourself, and self-doubt can creep in.
We exist to be inclusive and to acknowledge that while people may have challenges, they also have great potential and abilities.
Services are great, but we want to build people up too; we want to help people figure out ways they can help themselves and live their best lives; to accept who they are, as they are, positively and completely.
Founder of Jason’s Connection – an online resource for those with disabilities, mental health, aging and other needs. Jason was awarded an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Jason is also a Project Coordinator and Research Associate at the Burton Blatt Institute, an international think tank for Disability Rights and Human Justice at Syracuse University. He regularly contributes to the blog in his own series called Jason’s View and travels the country consulting and speaking about disability issues and rights. To read more from Jason Harris, read Jason's View.