Winter Park Memorial Hospital officials had their dukes up, on the defensive.

On the line, a caller with an ominous question: “What are you doing at the hospital to my son?” Rather than a straight jab, the caller threw a curve: “My son came home from Project Search today and started telling me about the hospital, the people he had met, the work he was doing, patients he had helped and some funny stories about his co-workers.”

The hospital had recently adopted Project Search to train high schoolers with developmental disabilities to compete for mainstream jobs.

Still anticipating a body blow, hospital officials pressed to learn what god-awful thing the boy had suffered at the hospitals hands.

“What you don’t understand,” the parent continued, is my son hasn’t spoken in nine months. So I’d like to know what you are doing at the hospital? Please keep it up!”

Katie Porta: Disabilities advocate speaks for voiceless – Orlando Sentinel.

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