People are going to try to take advantage of kids with disabilities and their families. It’s true, and it stinks. Why? Because those whose lives are impacted by a disability are perceived as vulnerable. This might not be true for you and your family, but perception is everything, right?
It’s horrible, but it’s important to understand that there are those who wish to benefit from the hardships of others.
If you’re like me, when you think of individuals like this, you may envision some comic book villain in a large swiveling chair turning to greet you as he pets his equally nefarious Persian cat (my apologies to Persia). He probably also has an alligator pit right below your feet. Unfortunately, evil in the real world isn’t always this obvious.
Here’s an example:
Approximately 10 years ago, Jim Humble developed and started marketing a supplement called the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) which, spoiler alert, is really, really bad. It was/is heralded as a cure for herpes, HIV/AIDS, acne, and autism, among other things. MMS is given orally or as an enema. It cures so many things, you may say. How is it evil? Well, one of its primary ingredients is sodium chlorite. Not familiar with this particular chemical compound? Let me put it this way: MMS is, essentially, a diluted bleach solution.
Jim Humble and his cohorts took advantage of families who were looking for help by convincing them to give their children diluted bleach enemas. And it took almost 10 years for him to be “caught.”
Let that sink in for a second.
When the families I work with begin exploring alternative therapy techniques, I encourage them to ask themselves this question: “Is this person or group trying to take advantage of my situation?” Most the time, this isn’t the case. Still, it is important to understand that people will try to take advantage of the vulnerable. They’ll do it with a smile on their face and a Facebook account. No alligator pit needed.