In all the 60 years I have been alive, we still do not know how to treat the disabled or challenged person with dignity and respect. I just had a birthday seven days ago, and it has really gotten my wheels spinning. In all these years, with all the advances in technology, human attitudes have not advances. We remain aloof, callous, cold, and even more judgmental of each other than ever before. Every other grouping of disabilities is far better understood than people with Cerebral Palsy.
We are trapped in a world of worthless, valueless, and second-rated ideas. You would think by now, with all the human Civil Rights cases and laws on the books, things would be different. But they are not- People in charge smile and use all the right words, in all the right company, although, for many, they retain dangerous ideas and concepts about what must be done to “help” us . This idea that “we should” want meaningful employment, a person we could call our soul mate, a place that we could call our home, and the opportunity to recreate is for many of them terrifying.
To be amongst people, working, playing and living healthy, happy, meaningful lives does not exist! People are down right threaten of those like myself who are self-directed. They can’t stand me because I threaten their world and their ability to perform and exercise power in any way, shape or form. They are taken-a-back by my determination. So they begin to resent, bully, judge, and retaliate against us. Why, tell me why does this have to be? We are not doing or bringing harm to other people- All we want to do is live our lives joyously and peacefully in the way we choose.
Their is absolutely no reason at all on earth, to take matters into ones hand to ruin our lives. What reason do people have to stifle our needs, our wants, our desires, and our aspirations’. The only reason I can come up with after a life time of this kind of bullying and trauma is to uphold the image of our community as cute and helpless. They can’t stand us having our own power. They can’t stand seeing us succeed and be successful. And, they can’t stand that we are accomplishing and trying to accomplish anything without their help and guidance.
Just like all of you, I intend to continue to not only accomplish the accomplishable, but I intend to continue to make this a kinder and gentle world by bringing this to the forefront.