In his personal essay for CNN’s iReport, Bret Bowerman issues a powerful challenge for a paradigm shift in the way we think about children with disabilities. Bowerman is the father of a four-year-old with Down Syndrome. He generously shares with us insights that should empower us to encourage kids — those with and without disabilities — to aim high:
Expectations are often misconstrued as setting a floor on performance. Rather, we believe expectations serve as a ceiling, so we’ve learned the trick is to set high expectations balanced with reassurances that it is OK to fail. And the only true failure is not testing the boundaries of our capabilities, wherever that may be.