The Success of Acceptance


While I know this is a site about bullying, sometimes it’s important to remember what happens when we see the opposite. This story of a boy with autism who was the High School basketball team support person is one that shows what can happen when we accept the differences instead of abusing the differences. It is an inspirational story to show how life can be better when we help those and support those that can actually improve our lives. If we learned to accept all who are different, this small story might show how we can all win. I hope that you enjoy this video and this young man who shows that, our differences can triumph over the doubt of others.

Sometimes we just need to see the good stuff too.

3 thoughts on “The Success of Acceptance

    • You are so right. In fact I thought the same thing about why they never played him prior to the last game. I was lucky enough to work with kids with disabilities at a camp one summer. What I remember most was when we would take them, including kids in wheelchairs and go play baseball. They would look at me and say “I can’t play”. I would say to them, “who told you that and why can’t you?”

      Then they would hit the ball the first time and the smile and laughs would be priceless. It really requires us to change our perceptions to realize what we are doing wrong and change our own behavior to redefine these kinds of things.

  1. It’s important to share the good news, even when the “good news” is that we’re making only little steps in the right direction.

    Though this isn’t the only exception. As the mother of three children with autism, bullying was (and still is) a very big worry. Luckily, the schools my boys attend are ontop of bullying issues and while the schools are not bully-free, bullying is rare and not tolerated. Only one of my three autistic kids is socially-aware enough to recognize and communicate about bullying; luckily, he’s never been bullied, but he has witnessed bullying and he has reported it (and had teachers respond appropriately to it), so he feels safe and knows there are things he can do to make sure his classmates are safe, too.

    It’s progress. Not enough, perhaps, but still progress.

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