We are all aware of the struggles which many people with disabilities undergo. What we may not be aware of, is the unpleasant fact that those of us without cognitive disabilities suffer a hidden cost. This cost is the reality of having to deal with a support system designed to maintain each of us at a subsistence level. Experts simply cannot understand that we are capable of great achievements, given real support. Too often, one set of options is offered. These represent old outmoded ideas.
The system has to be maintained. This means maximum control for “helpful” overseers. I am tired of it! FED-UP, OUTRAGED, and APPALLED! There is something very, very wrong about the system which waist time and money trying to do the impossible with those going nowhere, while, ignoring the genuine potential of so many of us. We are treated worse than a dirty dish rags! Hit bellow the belt, and patronized beyond words. It is SO SUBTLE and SO DISCRETE that only those that it is being done to see it.
The words “realistic” and “independence” are used to whip our thought process back into line. It is ridiculous that I have spent a life-time having to prove “my rights” to exist! It is also stupid and ridiculous that a student with a master’s degree can’t get Ph.D funding while people who write about phone sex are considered “cutting edge.” What is WRONG with this picture?
It would be far more comfortable to sell out, and spend our lives in front of the squawk box, but I am not going to do that! I am going to soar, speak out, ride the wave, and conquer all. I am not going to let these people in positions control my every move, though, and goal. I am not going to stand back ideally, and let them step and stomp over my breath.
We will own our own right to control our own destiny! We are going to be activists and advocates for ourselves, and show the world that our thoughts, feelings and goals count. We are going to be recognized for what is truly RIGHT and JUST, and,we will be regarded and respected even thought we may have a physical disability. We are going to change the world and how the world see us- We are going to speak out- Yell to the highest mountain top to be heard, and not let these people, “in power” which are our blockade stand in out way- Some how, some way, we will obtain our own destiny! Some how, some way, we will be heard and seen and the road will be made straight for us. We will be accepted and treated the way all men and woman deserve to be treated.