Envisioning a Paradise

It’s a maternal instinct to make sure that their children are always safe. Building a safe world for them, away from all nightmares and harm. There will always be overprotective parents, and that’s okay. Our mother carried us for nine months in their womb. That was the first protection we have against the cruel world. Living in a comfortable home, surrounded by our loved ones, is our little paradise. But nothing lasts forever. One day, we will grow up, making our own choices, our own decisions. Our parents cannot protect us forever. As much as they wanted to, they cannot. 


Because in reality, no matter how much we protect someone from harm, there are things that are beyond our control. We cannot hold our loved ones forever in the corners of our little paradise. There will always come a time that they will learn to explore the world on their own. They will experience their first heartbreak. They will experience breathtaking moments. All these experiences will be their life lesson. Something that they can always look up to when things around them seem so confusing. 


It’s normal for a mother to become overprotective to their children. You see how kangaroos carry their babies inside their pockets. How mother hen spread their wings to protect her chicks. How cats hide their kittens when they gave birth that way no one can harm them. You see, it’s always the mother’s oath to protect their child from any harm this world can offer. It’s their sole responsibility to prioritize their kid’s welfare. But changes will always happen on time. And we cannot control it. So, for trying to protect the people we love, what we wanted is to have a safe environment as much as possible for them. For future generations. 


We wanted a safe environment for our loved ones, that is why we establish some rules at home. Some parents cannot sleep at night knowing their kid is still outside partying with high school friends. Mothers are great worrier; they worry all the time because they just wanted us to be safe every day. For them, we are their precious gem. They are the first one who panics when we scraped our knees, or when we complain about a simple tummy ache. They are the ones who have sleepless nights if we have the flu. So, for too all mothers in the world that has a goal of protecting their child from danger, the EDS (Elite Direct Support) partner program will somehow ease their burden, knowing that some people value security without compromising the safety. 


Imagine the fear of some parents who have a child that has a developmental disability. Every day they fear that there will come a time that their kid will be harmed because people do not understand them. Normally, sometimes people will feel down, anxious, or angry. People with disabilities felt that too. And most of the time, they cannot able to control it. And that’s the problem. Because only a few people can recognize that the behaviors they display when they are throwing are just normal for people with disabilities and that they won’t cause any harm. So they should have been handled as delicate as possible. 


A lot of cases involving people with disabilities and police officers that ended up violently will rip your heart. Watching the news about how devastated the family’s victim is, for suffering such a violent fate, just because some police officers do not know how to handle critical situations involving their loved ones that have developmental disabilities. EDS partner program’s vision is to help police officers understand that certain critical calls that were responded to by police officers should be handled without any brute force as possible.  


Police officers are often the first responders in critical calls. It is alarming to think that most of them don’t have any idea at all how to escalate the situation. They always use force to penetrate the victims, and the person involved is often ended up getting hurt, or worse – dead. This is the worst case that any mother can experience – losing a child. Losing a child in the hands of the people who swore to protect them. Losing their child to the people whom they look up to as a protector. This is worse than the nightmare itself because this is happening in reality. 



Police Violence Against People with Disabilities Continues 



Undated photo of Magdiel Sanchez which was given by his family. Hand out via AP


On Sept. 19, 2017, Magdiel Sanchez, who was deaf, was on his porch when police suspected him to have a weapon that was actually a pipe. When the 35-year-old did not respond to commands to put the pipe down, an Oklahoma City police officer shot and killed him. 


The horrors of this kind of incident are just rising every year. What is the law enforcement’s next step in trying to control this violence that involves their men and people with disabilities? Or are they also “blind” enough to realize that there are some things that need to be changed in their training which they should consider to be a priority from the first place? Are we just going to remain silent knowing that there’s a lot of people who can experience the same grim fate that some people with disability have experienced?  



How can we envision a paradise for our loved ones if we don’t use our voice and platform to express our thoughts about how some changes should be implemented? EDS partner program will help us protect the rights of people with disabilities. It will also help police officers to identify if the person has developmental disabilities. With this equipped knowledge, they will learn to use different techniques that will pacify these people. It can save their morale as well. Them being painted as the villain when they are supposed to be the protector is a common judgment that they experience every time there’s some violence involving them. It’s time for a change.