Working, working, working! Unloved, unwanted... unmarried.
Mr. Baker... you've answered your own question! I agree, however, it is an interesting exercise in semantics. You may wish to consider, how the wrong word slanders; it is a slur, Mr. Baker… and a damnable one, at that.
Trust me… no one is here to disparage the writer’s good effort and intent; it is a job, well done. We only wish to clarify things and to try and answer your question. Believe me; we seize every opportunity to raise awareness and to establish sensitivity. We appreciate that the news media and our proud city is finally doing more… to let people, with disabilities, have a voice that can be heard!
Consider, being constantly told, "You cannot, because… you are disabled". Consider that most people could believe that, about you.
Consider it a horrific lie; consider that you CAN... and know that being able... is the defining truth about you....
...consider, that you have a disability, but it is only a part of your definition... it does not define you.
Consider, that you've always been... and will always be... most able.
Acknowledge the disability... if, it is relevant and if, you must....
...you cannot deny... you are, still, most able.
We are able; we have always been able. In spite, of our disabilities... we remain, most able.
In spite of our disabilities, we have never been... disabled.
Ahhhh… I’m going to bed; I have to go to work, sir, in just a few hours. I also have to interview for a second dream job, in a couple of days.
I’m able, you see.
Just another thought: People with disabilities are not " the disabled".
We're not disabled... not, by a long shot.
Disability awareness is two-fold; not only should the general public be enlightened, but people with disabilities should have access to information and resources, too. Some violations of the American with Disabilities Act are unintended and inadvertent, but others are deliberate and stem from indifference and (in some cases) downright malice.
The Memphis Center for Independent Living has long been a pioneer for disability awareness… providing service and access to resources for people with disabilities. It has been a lighthouse for people who needed directions and advice as to how they could fully integrate into mainstream society. It provided information regarding disability rights. It provided support, of the greatest kind, to people who needed it--people with disabilities--and to those who needed to know about the issues they faced.
People with disability have had to deal with "the dirty end of the stick" for the longest and too many of them still do… so, they are empowered, when they are enlightened.
The center has done amazing work in helping people to know their rights and their options regarding every aspect of their lives… anything, from attending a movie theatre (with full accessibility) to job issues and employment training, housing issues, care issues, legal issues… you name it.
Now, with the formation of an authentic government entity, the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Citizens with Disabilities, we care see and expect more to be done… to make Memphis accessible for ALL citizens.
Memphis will (then), truly, be a desirable place to live.
By Hannah Sayle, Chris Herrington, Chris Shaw, Louis Goggans, Greg Akers and Bruce VanWyngarden
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