Friday, October 25, 2013

Another Dream

Read this blog post outlining the problems with unsolicited help given by sighted people, and this blog post responding to it. 

Another friend on Facebook wrote that she is tired of being called "amazing" because it separates her when all she wants to do is live a "normal" life and she does what she needs to do in order to accomplish that. 

This made me think, wouldn't it be cool if one day we (people with disabilities, my daughter, myself) could be accepted as equals instead of being separated and segregated by ignorance and awkwardness?

I feel like getting out MLK's "I have a dream" speech and rewriting to say, "I have a dream that some day little blind girls and little autistic boys will be allowed to play with their friends without all the adults hovering around saying, 'be careful!' I have a dream that we will be invited to help clean the church kitchens with everybody else. I have a dream that eventually all of the buildings and busses and web sites and books will be just as accessible to us as they are to the rest of the world. I have a dream that employers would look at character and education and work ethic rather than pre-judging based on perceived lack of ability. I have a dream that people will recognize our individuality and will quit assuming that because they knew a blind girl back in high school, that I am exactly like her. Some day we will be free. Free to go where we wish, learn what we wish, work at what we wish and stop spending precious energy battling prejudice, indifference, constantly educating and being the bigger person by looking the other way in the face of condescension, fear and hatred. We will be free of constantly being objectified as the personification of others' fears. Someday, the laws enacted for our education and well-being will mean more than mere words on paper. When that day comes, we will finally be people, instead of canes or wheelchairs. Our differences will finally be allowed to enrich humanity, and our unique views and perspectives will no longer need to be suppressed under a mask of normalcy."

As King said to the Negroes in 1963, we must not lose faith, because that day will come.


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