Memo on Disability & Civil Rights

Some say the lack of equal rights for people with disabilities is not a civil rights issue.  Not seeing the lack of equal rights as a civil rights issue is like getting caught in the rain and claiming your predicament has nothing to do with the weather. It is a civil rights issue, very much so. Anytime anyone is being denied equal rights it is a civil rights issue, and I would gladly debate this publicly with all comers as long as the debate is on the record.

While I can’t define the all of what drives this misguided view, some of it is no doubt rooted in the centuries-old belief that a person with a disability is merely an abbreviation of a human being, not the real thing. In fact, the real disability rests in the hearts and minds of those who are unable to  see that the humanity in someone with a disability is whole. Managing this disability is one of the major challenges facing a movement that from here on out I will no longer refer to as The Disability Rights Movement. Instead, I will unfurl the banner to its full length and call it what it truly is, The Disability Civil Rights Movement.

I am urging everyone to grow the phrase on the banner from disability rights to disability civil rights and to do so as soon as soon as possible. After all, if the task is to help others discover people with disabilities are whole people, the least we can do is let them see the whole banner.

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3 thoughts on “Memo on Disability & Civil Rights

  1. First let me wish you a Happy Birthday Peter K.Basic civil rights? and for a disabled person. No such thing here in New York State. For the past 11 month's my basic civil rights have been totaly violated. Forget about my rights to go some where and be alone or buy something at a store. Being followed and studied about what I do or where I go? Ask your buddy FEENEY if he has anything to do with trashing me and my life.TBI'92801

  2. PPETE, I COULD NOT AGREE ANY STRONGER WITH YOU ON THIS ONE!! I FIND THE FACT THAT OUR MEDICAID WAIVER RUNS OUT OF HOUSING FUNDS EVERY YEAR!! NOW THE LATEST IS IF YOU WANT TO MOVEW YOU HAVE TO MOVE INTO AN APT. OF EQUAL OR LESSOR RENT THEN YOUR PAYING OR PAY THE DIFFERENCE. WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THAT? I AM NOT GOING TO CEASE THIS PURSUIT UNTIL I GET TO THE FEDERAL AGENCY THAT SUPPLIES FUNDS TO THE WAIVER. HOW IS IT,IF I HAD 25 KIDS AND ONE ON THE WAY THE BASTARDS WOULD BUY ME A HOUSE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CHEAPER . AND PROBABLY PAY ALL THE BILLS AND TAXES. PLEASE CALL ME I AM GOING TO MEDIATE FOR SOMEONE ON WED 10-7 AND COULD PROBABLY USE A FEW POINTERS. I HAVE CALLED YOU TO JOIN YOUR GROUP, OF MEDIATORS, HOWEVER I DID IT FOR 50 VETS AT THE HOMELESS VETS PROGRAM, WITH THE VA HOSP. AND OTHER AGENCY'S AND FRANKLY I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO BE A PART OF F. LOCKWOODS DREAM OF GOING WORLD WIDE!!!! I DON'T BELIEVE ITS STILL GOING?? ALTHOUGH I SINCERELY HOPE IT IS WE CAN USE ALL THE ASSISTANCE WE CAN GET. WE GET A RAISE ON OUR SSI AND THEN GET A REDUCTION ON OUR AMOUNT OF FOOD STAMPS. AND WHAT HAS REALLY BECOME AJOKE IS THAT FAM.CT INCLUDES YOUR FOOD STAMPS AND ANY OTHER ASSISTANCE HEAP, WHAT EVER IS ADDED UP AS YOUR GROSS, YEH GROSS INCOME. IF THAT AINT SOME CRAP.

  3. Reblogged this on Just Rollin' On and commented:
    ” In fact, the real disability rests in the hearts and minds of those who are unable to see that the humanity in someone with a disability is whole.”
    Right on man, Right on

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