I went to "Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature" (DD Day for short) today, which is run by the ARC of Maryland. There's a breakfast and briefings on the current situation in the state for those of us needing DD services, and by that I mean services paid for by state Medicaid (medical assistance) dollars and most likely overseen by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). So I was in line at the registration table and a mom comes out to one of the people working registration. She holds out her name tag which is hanging around her neck.
"Do you have another one of these?" She asks. Then she cuts off the person, who is about to ask who's name she's looking for. "No, just the holder," she says. "My daughter would like to chew it."As the person goes to hand her an empty one, she motions that it would be easier if she also had the string so she could put it around her daughter's neck. Without blinking an eye, a string appears, the empty badge holder is placed in her hand, and the mom walks off.
In my head I chuckled. Most of the time in most of the world a request such as this would be seen as such an oddity, but here today it was a no-brainer easy request to fill. Why can't it always be that easy?