I am the parent of an adult son with a developmental disability. We had a conversation about the fact that the presence of a group home is causing controversy in Belleville. His response was, "You mean they wouldn't like me for a neighbor just because I have a disability? I'm a good neighbor and I like to help people." I think this statement says a lot. People with disabilities are like all people, no better, no worse. Would a community not want a senior citizen housing in their community or a house where college students were living? Of course not. I think the more troubling aspect about this situation is not that this is being discussed but that in 2014 we still see people with disabilities as being a marginalized population and not really part of the community. In reality, the disability minority is something each of us is a heartbeat away from joining. I won't wake up another race or other sex tomorrow but I could wake up a person with a disability due to an illness or accident. Disability is a natural part of life and as we begin to realize that hopefully we will not question the rights of people with disabilities to choose where they want to live or to fear having them as neighbors.