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Shelly Christensen Shelly Christensen advocating parent. identity reframer. lioness.

Shelly Christensen is a champion of people with disabilities who seek spiritual access. She helps sacred communities understand and be better at including children and adults with disabilities and their families. [www.inclusioninnovations.com]

Having our son Jacob, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, brought me into a world I never imagined I’d be in. It redefined any expectation I had about what kids and parents are supposed to do. I had to invent things along the way. That meant connecting with people who understood and disconnecting from people who didn’t understand and couldn’t be supportive and nurturing. My life has been an evolution from that point on. Prior to that I think it was all good practice.

I never thought of Jacob as someone with a disability or special needs. He wasn’t diagnosed until he was seven and he didn’t get the correct diagnosis until he was fifteen. He was just Jacob, quirky Jacob. We love all our wonderful sons and we have hopes and dreams for them. When we started getting calls from school teachers telling us how horrible he was, I became an advocate for him. It was not something I was necessarily comfortable with, but the lioness mother is there if someone attacks your kid. I started advocating and really paying attention to his education.

Once he was diagnosed, I was very angry. After I had a particularly bad blow-up one day with an assistant principal, I realized that I wasn’t helping Jacob at all by being angry. I could help Jacob learn to be an advocate himself by understanding my own responses to my different identity as a parent of a child with a disability. I had to reframe who I was. At that point, I started to believe in the power of relationships and collaboration. School was difficult because teachers weren’t willing to meet us halfway, so we moved on. We cut our losses. Jacob went to a different school in a different district, where he did so much better, where his Asperger’s Syndrome was finally acknowledged, and where we could be a team.

I meet people all the time who live with difficult situations in their lives and mostly they don’t have a choice. They have to adapt to what is. When Jacob was diagnosed, I remember thinking, I don’t know how I can ever make meaning of this. Sometimes we find meaning in the appreciation of having dealt with something, in having overcome our own feelings and put them in the suitcase called life. When something is there, it belongs to me, but I’ve done something with it. I’ve packed it up. I know I have it, but it doesn’t rule me.

– Shelly Christensen

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