Sunday, January 16, 2022
Jan. 16, 2022

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Letter: Reach out to those with disabilities


Nov. 27 marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Karreon Walker-Franks, a local teen who was starved and neglected. He was especially vulnerable as he experienced developmental disability and was vision impaired.

The COVID-19 situation means that many traditional checks are reduced. For example, at the time of this writing, case managers from the Developmental Disabilities Administration are limited to 15 minutes or less for in-person interactions. That is not much time if you are with a person who communicates in alternate ways.

We can honor the short life of Karreon by paying attention to our neighbors who may seem “different.” An offer to go for a 10-minute walk, a story read aloud, a delivery of pizza, or a phone call to listen to a tired caregiver or lonely care receiver are examples of welcome gifts to help ease the challenges of living with disability. And of course, if something seems amiss, do report it.

Show some love this upcoming holiday season. I believe Karreon would be grateful.