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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Special Needs Problem Catch-22

Often families and cities find themselves in a catch-22. Say a family has born within it a child with special needs. Immediately the entire family is presented a challenge—how to meet the special needs of the child without making the child feel like a vaguely inferior handicapped person. Cities can have the same difficulty with struggling neighborhoods. In Saint Petersburg we have an economically stressed neighborhood call Midtown. Every election prospective candidates emphasize how they plan to revitalize Midtown. The challenge is to assist the neighborhood without making residents there feel like it is a vaguely inferior handicapped neighborhood precisely because special attention is being paid. Now a child can be assisted in feeling normal by participating in all family activities and being viewed as normal in terms of relationships and love on a daily intimate interaction basis; such in required also in order to knit together communities. That is, since I work in the Saint Petersburg Leisure Services Department, I see on a routine basis first class investment in all neighborhoods. No one neighborhood is singled out for more or less investment. They all receive the very best the City can provide. That is a significant reason why I like to live in Saint Petersburg, though I can understand why Midtown neighborhood residents during elections (precisely because it is singled out for special concern) are inevitably made to feel somewhat like a problem child—a neighborhood more problematic and somehow less equal than others.


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