Freedom Of Expression For Individuals With Disabilities


For many years now it has been the mission of Disability Advocates to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have disabilities so that they can freely exercise their own life choices, enforce their rights, and fully participate in their community life.

Why is it that, just because some people see someone with a disability they think that they must not know what is best for them and they need someone to look out for them because they don’t really know what they want and what they really need? We forget that people are people and we all have wants, needs and dreams not matter if we have a disability or not. Having a disability does not take away from an individual being able to dream and feel. Sit back and look around you, if you had someone on an hourly basis telling you when you had to bath, go to the bathroom, when you had to sit, stand, eat, watch television, read a book etc, how would you feel? If someone took away your ability to dream, voice what you wanted to do that you haven’t yet, how would you feel? Then if you found some way to finally get across to someone what you wanted to do, what if they looked at you like you were crazy and said “you can’t do that, what if you get hurt, I’m just looking out for your best interests, really”, how bad would that break your spirits? There are some individuals with serious disability’s that are unable to make their own decisions and they do need someone to help make their decisions for them and I agree with that, but at what point does it change from looking out for that individuals best interests into living their life for them and no longer allowing them the right to an opinion on their own life.

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  1. Being a father of someone with disabilities, I would have to agree with you. I do think more people need to pay attention to the disabled, and work harder to ensure they feel like full active members of society.

    After all, a disability does not take away from your humanity, and as a society we don’t work hard enough to see that.

    Cheers, and love your blog.

    Jon


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