I just love this video and wanted to share it with y’all. I pulled out some of the gems below.
“I wish more people saw this side of disability. The side where people don’t care about their disability. The side where there is no negative stigma associated with having a disability– that having a disability is this bad, crap thing. And people just get on with their lives becoming the best version of themselves. But unfortunately, the disabled remain one of the largest, yet under represented minority groups in the world. So you never get a chance to see any of them.”
“I know it [disability] is initially a hard pill for people to swallow, but they’ve got to realize that there’s not as much to fear as you think. And your life isn’t over just because you have a disability. And there’s still every opportunity that you can live a successful, happy, and completely awesome life.”
“I want to tell them [people with disabilities] that it’s ok to be different. In order to do that, we need to mainstream disability– get people with disabilities into our mainstream media and increase [our] visibility.”
As a therapist, I feel like I have a vital role to play here. It’s my job to show newly disabled people, that it doesn’t matter that they are different– whether permanently or temporarily. Different is ok. And they are ok enough that I have expectations of them to get their rears out of bed daily and live life. Then to foster the skills for them to be able to do that and give them the confidence to go out into the world different.
Until many, many more folk with disabilities get to that last stage of being confident in their difference enough to go out, people with disabilities will continue to be the unseen, unheard major minority.
This is me stepping off my soap box.