Thursday, March 15, 2007

Transported back to Special Ed. by a poem

Poem: "How to Tell If You're a Participant or a Staff (A Handy Guide for Day Programs)" by David Moreau from You Can Still Go to Hell and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional. © Moon Pie Press. Via Writer's Almanac

How to Tell If You're a Participant or a Staff (A Handy Guide for Day Programs)

If you have a bowel movement at work and no one records it in a
communication book — you're a staff person.

If someone shouts at you from the other side of the room, Did you
wash your hands? every time you come out of the bathroom — you're a participant.

If your feet don't quite touch the ground when you're sitting in one of
the cafeteria chairs — you're a participant.

If you know where the candy is in Jolene's office — you're a staff
person.

If you can run out to Subway or Burger King for your lunch — you're a staff person.

If you're in a wheelchair — you're a participant.

If you get a buzz cut every staff day — you're a participant.

If you've never ridden in the back seat of the van — you're a staff
person.

If you can walk in the office without being asked, Where are you
supposed to be? — you're a staff person.

If the soap dispenser is on the side of the sink opposite your one good
hand and you can't reach high enough to keep the automatic faucet
from getting your sleeve wet — you're a participant.

If you can give a hug without someone telling you, Remember circles —
you're a staff person.

If you go out for cigarette breaks — you're a staff person.

If your paycheck is for $1.82 — you're a participant.

3 comments:

Ramona said...

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I also have a blog Notes to the People that you may be interested in. It was not supposed to be about disabilities originally, but recent events require it.

Be well and who knows maybe there are ways we can work together

Anonymous said...

Hey, I think that I read that you are a mom in a wheelchair. If you are, do you have any advice on a crib? Thanks! Terri
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Philip. said...

You have a most interesting blog.

I hope you don't mind but I have put a link to it on my blog.

Take care,


Philip
www.disabled-help.org