reflections related to disability advocacy, family and (needed) cultural change
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
When it comes to disability identity I want it all!
I want person-first language. I think there is a pretty smooth flow of thought between the hearing of a diagnosis/label and their stereotypes for most people. I think interrupting that smooth flow with a little humanity is good!
I want inclusive and equal and ever-expanding opportunities for all.
I want both pride about the disability movement and acceptance within it. No trying to cover up the fact of a disability and no ranking of which disabilities are acceptable or unacceptable, worthy or unworthy (and I want a society that also holds these values—and I’d like it NOW, if you don’t mind!)
I think disablist discrimination—all discrimination actually—is everyone’s problem and discrimination against any other group (with or without disabilities) is NOT a solution.
I think that diversity that cannot expand to include people with disabilities is not diverse enough.
I want respect including respectful language, rights, safety, opportunity, access and belonging—for all.
I want to belong to inclusive groups, groups relating to specific diagnoses, and coalitions uniting people with many disabilities.
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.