Posts Tagged ‘Father’

Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2013

a good dad

Hey Dads’, you are important too. You are also a reinforcing power.

Children with Disabilities and Their Dads

November 10, 2010

I recently came across a wonderful story of a Dad who shares his story and insight about the struggles and joy of  raising  his child with disabilities.

I wanted to feature this story since fathers speaking out about their children with disabilities is quite a minority, but very important.

Chris Gabbard and his son August

As explained by his Dad, “August has cerebral palsy, is a spastic quadriplegic, has cortical visual impairment (meaning he is legally blind), is completely nonverbal and cognitively disabled, has a microcephalic head, and must wear a diaper. Moreover, he is immobile—he can’t crawl or scoot around or hold himself up or even sit in a chair without being strapped in it. …

At home, in the eyes of my wife, Ilene; our 7-year-old daughter, Clio; and me, he seems merely a little eccentric, possessor of a few odd quirks, as I said. We don’t think of him as being different; he is August, just another member of an already quirky family.”

The important part – via August’s Dad –  

“That is not to deny that August, along with my daughter and my wife, is the most amazing and wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, for he has allowed me an additional opportunity to profoundly love another human being. A person such as Peter Singer well may conclude, reasonably, that I have become overpowered by parental sentiment. So be it. I can live with that. There are limits to reason.”

A very worthwhile story to read. Chris allows the reader to travel through his fatherhood journey. Please read it, I highly recommend it !

http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/125242/