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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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November 09, 2006

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Honora

Very, very sobering video. I don't expect anyone but other LNAs to nod to this, but much of this could be spoken, if it could somehow be communicated, by so many in nursing homes who suffer from Alzheimer's damage, or at worst, from any sort of dementia. Out of all the folks I've ever cared for, I am one of the few who have never been hit or bitten..I have no doubt that it is because I know that all "un"persons are real persons, and my behavior, attitude, touch, patience and goodwill reflect that.

Burnout (understaffing? undertraining? not enough in-services?) in places where communication varies greatly is rife; even in my initial clinical training, I saw its effects, and bled inside for an 'unperson' who unwittingly laughed at himself with the staff..

May God (and His little child) forgive me for any time I may've walked away from someone trying to say something--or needing that defense.

As for sharing your spirituality journey, we look so forward to it all.

God bless you, rest you, ease you, and keep you stoked.

PS

Welcome back :-)

Gabrielle

Very sobering, indeed. I couldn't help but be reminded, by this, of the wonderful work of Jean Vanier and his helpers in so many l'Arche communities throughout the world.

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