Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet's Society, Forrest Gump, and Saving Private Ryan. Just a small example of movies that have captivated millions with the brilliant work done by Robin Williams and Tom Hanks. Two actors who have shined in Hollywood and shared a common impairment, Aspergers. This syndrome falls within the Austism Spectrum and typically hinders social intereactions with others, and often will cause obsessive compulsive tendencies. These two American icons refused to allow their disability to define them and made a name for themselves that will be remembered long after they are gone. We are fortunate to have these positive role models to encourage anyone living with a disability to look beyond the clinical diagonsis and reach for the stars...you may even find a few more "stars" on the Hollywood walk of fame!
I have the privilege of being able to shape the minds and lives of children who are battling disabilities. It can be very trying at times, but more often than not it is very rewarding. As a mother of a child with a disability, I know the struggles that they go through on a daily basis. This allows me to have a little more compassion for the people that I work with.