Joel

By letting it go first... And then exposing our children to the rest of the community. That’s why the neighborhood, they no longer whisper that there is a child with disability. No, it is no longer news to them, because we have exposed.

— Julius, Father

Field Notes: Joel was born without limbs. His parents and extended family felt desperate at first. But Joel’s situation exemplifies that families go through an acceptance process. Acceptance is an important first step towards socially including children with special needs in the community. The research findings indicate that talking more openly about disability in the community stimulates awareness, which fights stigma. As a result, this upward spiral toward visibility facilitates social inclusion.