Even now, one of our sons is able to live here independently as a disabled adult with autism. He is just a few blocks away and through a program with the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, his next door neighbor serves as a support if he needs help. All his neighbors look out for him so he can safely take walks around the neighborhood. He has been integrated into the community in a caring and supportive way.
It would be a dream come true if more people had access to this kind of community and felt welcomed and protected and spoke up for one another. We have to stand together in the face of intolerance and injustice. We all have common ties of humanity. Those values on the local level are precious. I believe that if we each made our own little pocket filled with goodness, the world would be good. We need to make it good, keep it good and share the good.