Maychee Moua: Embracing Differences1 min read

I have decided to share a small glimpse of my journey. This process is very hard for me to overcome my own barriers. I hope the video inspires you because there may have been times you may have been told you should not share anything about your disability or mental health and maybe it could be someone you love that is going through this.
It is so important to recognize differences and help loved ones find resources and tools. I never want to change my son and appreciate the lens he brings in my life daily. I am just preparing him to face the real world.
 
Individuals still fear being labeled different and by doing that, it continues to create an acceptance of stigma revolving disability and mental health. People often forget disability and mental health comes in all forms – internally and externally.
Biases and differences have to be recognized in each of us and overcoming it is the hardest part. There are also cultural barriers to these things but we have to remember that we must adhere tools and resources to help our individual loved ones.
 
Optimal independence is the goal for most of us and sometimes elders forget that they aren’t around forever. If you keep enabling your loved ones to a confined environment that doesn’t allow them to grow mentally and physically you widen the gap of disparity in inclusion itself.
 
“Be the change you wish to see in this world.” – Gandhi

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Seng Alex Vang

Seng Alex Vang

Seng Alex Vang is a lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program at the University of California, Merced. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Geography & Ethnic studies at California State University, Stanislaus where he teaches courses in Asian American studies.

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