Contributed by Dylan Boot, Independent Living Specialist
When Ed Roberts started the Disability Rights Movement back in the 1960s, it was a movement for everybody. People with all types of disabilities were welcomed and valued. When people were fighting to get the American’s with Disabilities Act passed in the late 1980s, again, people with all disabilities came together in partnership and spoke with one voice.
This sense of togetherness and friendship is just as important now as it was then. There are still many problems to be fixed and issues for which to advocate. Even though some of these things affect certain disabilities more than others, it definitely helps when everyone supports each other. There is more to gain when working together than we get when working separately. You may have heard that there is strength in numbers; this is definitely true in our case!
As we struggle for equality in our society, we must be sure to treat ourselves equally as well. No disability is above any other. We must also keep in mind that we cannot always see a person’s disability but that does not mean it is not there, nor is it any less important.
People with different disabilities have different perspectives, different abilities and strengths, and different ways to help our cause. Treat people… all people… the way you would like to be treated.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi lived by this mantra, and while we all can’t be Gandhi, we can all work together to bring about positive changes to this world. It all begins with an idea and a single step…
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