Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Blogging Against Disabilism Day

A Cause near and dear to my heart. "Nothing about us, without us (James I. Charlton)."

I work for an Independent Living Center. I have a physical disability - one that can't be seen: SLE and heart disease as a result of it. There are so many people who live successfully with physical disabilities, but have to put up with the negative attitudes of others that keep us from leading the full, involved lives we deserve.

And for those with "hidden" disabilities, it's hard, too. Because you might very well look "healthy." And not be.

"So what's wrong with you?"

Oh, honey...if only you knew. It's starts with THAT question!

There might be much "wrong" (at least by the questioner's definition). But there's even more RIGHT. How about a change of mind? Of thinking?

Attitudes are the REAL disability!

2 comments:

wrchili said...

I agree! My mom has a hidden disablility as well, and she gets so tired of having to explain herself to people who think she looks fine.

Ruinwen said...

I'm sorry people can be so mean. :(

When I designed my Mom's shawl I put twisted stitches in there to show how even though she had a disability if one could look beyond that and see her as a whole...they would discover a beautiful person.