Positive Rituals and Quality of Life

by Michael W. Smull

We give out daily rituals and habit scant conscious attention as they ease us through our days. Perhaps it is the absence of conscious attention that has led us to neglect the role of ritual in the quality of life of people with disabilities. However, rituals are as much a part of quality of life for people with disabilities as they are for everyone else. Families know this. They have looked for substitutes for the acquisition of the driver’s license, realizing that this is the American secular rite of passage to adult life. They worked to make confirmation, bar mitzvah, and graduation ceremonies accessible to their sons and daughters. It is time for those of us who support people with disabilities to consciously consider the role of ritual and to insure the presence of positive rituals. Positive Rituals and Quality of Life