This CRUcial Times covers the topic of High Expectations and how raising expectations creates more opportunities for people with disability to live better lives.
Expectations can be so subtle, ingrained and unconsciously applied and yet they lay the foundations for what we believe possible and achievable. Expectations project our assumptions and beliefs for what we believe could and should happen in any given situation. Within the disability world, expectations set the tone of discussions about which school an individual should attend, the sort of work they are offered, what their home should look like, who they spend their time with, and, in a broader sense, how much control they have over their lives. Raising expectations opens up new worlds of development, self-expression, opportunity and choice.
Given their power and influence we felt a focus on the power of holding high expectations would be a very timely and important issue to discuss in this, our 44th edition of CRUcial Times. We offer this collection of articles as food for thought and to encourage reflection – within your family, workplace, organisation and community. How do the expectations discussed in this publication compare to the expectations commonly held about people living with disability? What are the implications of these expectations? How differently would you respond to people if they were higher?
Many thanks to the writers who have candidly shared their own perspective on this topic and have taken the time to explore how expectations have impacted on their lives, their practice and their community.
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