Talking about disabilities

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My youngest sponsor child's mother asked if I'm married. I'm not yet, but I have a very sweet boyfriend. He has disabilities, the most obvious being cerebral palsy. Is there anything I should be aware of culturally about disability in other countries, both in correspondence and in the possibility of traveling to visit?

The little girl has asthma, as do we, which is one of the reasons I chose to sponsor her.

I guess what I am wondering is just what is taboo to talk about and if perhaps there are people in developing countries who would be disappointed to learn that poor health is a challenge all around the world. I would hope we could be inspiring instead!

My kids are in the Philippines, Thailand, Haiti, Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
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I'm another sponsor with a family member with disabilities. I was just honest. We are all human, and even though we are in more affluent countries, our lives are not "perfect". Disabilities are a reality, and I don't see any need to hide them. Anyway, that's my opinion regarding disabilities.
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I write honestly, too. I'm just wondering if there's anything more I could know.
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Hi Briana!
Thank you so much for being so sweet and aware that in other countries we may need to address things a little differently. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness for your kiddos! :) I do agree with Beth, that you should be able to be open about the things in your life that are good, bad, wonderful, or difficult. I would definitely encourage you to just be mindful of the child's age and lean toward an informative side, rather than focusing on the difficulties of having a disability. I completely agree with you that those who have had to overcome obstacles, or who have not lived an ordinary life, can be extremely inspiring! :)
Have a lovely afternoon! 

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