Certainly we want people living with complex challenges to be on the receiving end of such heartfelt questions. Yet, an equally important question is What do people without disabilities receive from their friends living with disabilities?
Anna and Rebecca met in high school. Rebecca does not speak, her movement is restricted and she is unable to feed herself. Never having been exposed to someone with Rebecca’s challenges, Anna did not know what to expect. Initially the two teenagers were friendly but not friends. Over time, that changed.
Many years prior to Anna Bruno taking on the role of P4P’s Lead Independent Facilitator, Anna had developed deep appreciation for the gifts of Rebecca’s meaningful friendship in her life.
At first Anna felt that she was ‘doing Rebecca the favour’ in sharing herself and her world of dance. Eventually, however, Anna and Rebecca’s acquaintanceship grew into an authentic bond, each woman benefitting in different ways from the other. Fifeen years down the road, they remain pals.
The video on this page is an excerpt from Dance in the Shadow.