Vanessa Lista, a student from Neumann University. In her essay entitled A Life Without Words, Vanessa dives deeply to the question of inclusion in rehabilitation, "If we, as caregivers, family, friends, even strangers, don't represent individuals with communicative disorders, how else will they be heard?"
"As a caregiver for someone with special needs, I have learned the importance of treating all patients without bias due to disability, visible or not, and with compassion.
By placing focus on what the patient wants while keeping goals in mind, the patient is more likely to comply with treatment interventions.
While early education about disabilities can teach inclusion on the playground, continued education into adulthood can provide comfortable environments for individuals with disabilities in their healthcare and their communities."