Let's Help Bring Disabilties Out of Camouflage
Full Spectrum Uniqueness Unites Us All
We Americans contribute to the well-being of other members of our society. Full Spectrum Uniqueness is the name of the illustration, at left, from the Advocacy group We Connect Now, below.
We may enjoy self-satisfaction in that, we with our perfect health, and bright minds, our shiny kids and sunny homes, knowing that The Law safeguards the disabled,
In that quest for the best we may take comfort in our lack of responsibility for any contribution to our neighbor's disability, and indirect pleasure that since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, in 1990, disabled Americans receive more access than they previously did.
We can expand our awareness of continued needs, so persons with disabilities live with their dignity intact. It's a matter of challenging Injustice.
The Great Individualistic Mind of the American landscape typically drives each one of us to exceed above others, to be the best, or at least better-than; to have the best, or at least better-than; to raise the best kids, to have the best house, the best car, ad-nauseum.
This level of consciousness may continue to pervade the public sphere, but for the concerted efforts of countless groups of persons whose lives have been compromised due to various disabilities. (I beg the pardon of those who decline to use the terms disability, disabled, handicapped, and such. I use the former terms for brevity.)
Without intention, we may let those with physical and mental challenges slip down the figurative slope of our awareness, content to let them land on the other side of the tracks. After all, it's not our fault they were born that way, or they had an accident or an illness.
It may surprise most of us to know that disabilities, and our lack of accommodations for these individuals and groups, make dealing with many aspects of life that we take for granted, a full-time job in itself.
Groups such as We Connect Now, network and strategize to achieve free access for everyone, including persons who live with disability challenges - to all aspects of life in America.
This group has a particular focus on higher education and vocational opportunities for persons with any and all forms of disability.
Their link provides access to their regular monthly presentation of facts about one or another specific condition that raises challenges to frequent limitations of access that others simply take for granted.
Through such means of educating the general public about matters of disability challenges, we can help bring disabilities out of camouflage..
photo credit We Connect Now
How Do You See An Antique Wheelchair? - as design, decorative, sentimental - or utilitarian - object
Today, when we look at a print of an antique wooden wheelchair, we might notice only its aesthetic qualities, the weave of the willow, or cane backrest, the wide footrest, and the quaint little front wheels.
If, however, we look from the viewpoint of one whose means of mobility is a contemporary wheelchair, we may notice certain comforts, like the protection for the back of the leg, and the height of the back. Or, we may think about the lack of adjustability to make the chair more comfort for the individual. It all depends on our unique perspective. Antique Wheelchair
Virtual Connections Foster Advocacy
The Americans With Disabilities Act is the beautiful result of countless persons with disabilities standing up and speaking out against exclusion!
They had it with being denied access to buildings, to schools, to libraries, to restaurants, to life in general. Instead of turning their grievances inward, they began a quiet revolution, that brought Disability out of the bedroom.Beautiful History of the ADA
Unless we have a disability within our family or close circle of friends, or at the workplace or school, we may remain oblivious to opportunities to engage with others on behalf of a disabled person, opportunities that could immeasurably enrich the person's life.
photo credit French Gilded Scissors Glasses
Have You Heard of Crowd Support - for people with disabilities
This model utilizes social media technology to provide real-time support for individuals with challenges of disabilities.
Hour long, substantive presentation of how to use the social experience in innovative fashion.
Empowered Persons Empower Society - a brief history
If I Could Wake Up Tomorrow with a Certain Quality - what would it be?
The ability to reflect back to others their intrinsic beauty.
How Not to Treat Persons with Disabilities - learn from real individuals who are more than their disabilities
Let Us Hear From You
Can one person really make a change for disabled persons?
International Disability Symbols
“We all have disabilities.
Even those of us who are perfect.
Some of our disabilities are visible to us.
Others of our disabilities are visible to everyone else.”
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
- Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Beautiful history of the ADA, written by Arlene Mayerson. A resource to keep and share.