It won't take any of my followers by surprise that I promote focusing on what you can do. That will keep you busy enough that what you can't do is not important. Whether you have a disability or not, it's definitely the kind of positive thinking that helps everyone, anyone, to succeed. Here is a PSA from the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP):
Whether it's a handicapped parking spot or enjoying the attractions at Disney World, it amazes me how hard people work to abuse every system on the planet.
Disney has to adjust how they allow people with disabilities and their companions access to
"The move was a response to the phenomenon of disabled “tour guides” who charge money, sometimes hundreds of dollars, to accompany able-bodied guests and allow them to avoid long lines"
Disney had been permitting people with disabilities and their companions to move to the front of the line because of conditions that prevent people from being in a long line. This was such a wonderful and heartfelt move by the Disney Corporation; nice try, folks!! Naturally, there are times when SOME people want to be selfish and self centered.
Every other comment I have and the vocabulary I want to use, well, this will be a short blog entry. Shame on everyone who is a scammer!
I was just reading an article that posed a real disability dilemma for a school district in Ohio. A first grader was going to begin her first grade in a typical school. Her disability required that she use a service dog. The first grade teacher has a disability. She has severe allergies to animals.
The school district is making arrangements for the student to attend first grade in another school farther from home. Was this accommodation a reasonable one?
People with disabilities face barriers daily. Often, according to research the most difficult barrier to overcome is dealing with the attitudes of other people regarding people with disabilities. Whether born from ignorance, fear, misunderstanding or hate, these attitudes and perceptions can become barriers to achievement for people with disabilities. The most pervasive negative attitude is focusing on a person's disability rather than on the person's talent.
Some attitudinal barriers encountered by people with disabilities include the following:
Because a person may be impaired in one of life's major functions, some people believe that individual is a "second-class citizen." However, people with disabilities may have skills
that compensate for and/or take priority over the impairment.
People feel sorry for the person with a disability, which tends to lead to patronizing attitudes.
People with disabilities generally do not want pity and charity, just equal opportunity to earn their own way and live independently.
People consider someone with a disability who lives independently or pursues a profession to be brave or "special" for overcoming a disability. But most people with disabilities do not
want accolades for performing day-to-day tasks. The disability is there; the individual has simply learned to adapt by using his or her skills and knowledge.
So much of my focus [due to personal experience] on this website is geared toward physical disabilities. It is true that many of the problem solving approaches are universal; whether you have a physical, emotional or cognitive 'condition'. Regretfully, I have not posted any details regarding issues for people with developmental disabilities. It was made abundantly clear when I was researching self advocacy.
"Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays." (from the CDC website)
Specific conditions listed as Developmental Disabilities are:
Each condition in the above lists are links for specific details of each.
The self-advocacy movement seeks to reduce the isolation of people with disabilities [especially developmental disabilities; also grouped as 'intellectual disabilities'] and give them the tools and experience to take greater control over their own lives. People with these challenges have historically been the folks that were placed in group homes and / or institutions. They have traditionally not been included in making decisions affecting there own lives.
We all have basic civil / human rights. I am embarrassed to admit that I have neglected this group in my writing to date. However, I will continue to advocate for the rights of ALL people, regardless of whether they have a disability or not; regardless of the kind of disability they may have.
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