Written by Jamie Hughes I want to justify myself. I want to scream because I shouldn’t have to justify myself. Instead, I
Owoicho Apochi Nelson and Judith Sambe, Youth-LEAD (Youth Leadership Empowerment and Attitude Development), Adoka, Nigeria
Rocking the “able” in disabled.
Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language.
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More than once, police officers have stopped me and inquired if the handicapped placard hanging from my rear view mirror belongs to me. I stand tall, smile, and ask if they want to see the paperwork the law requires that I keep in my vehicle. Thus far no one has asked me to produce it.
Children and adults with special needs deserve America's best effort. As I said recently on national radio, America can do much better than it's doing in the health care field.
Recently I became a new woman, not a better one, just a new one. Pretty much at the exact moment I received my orthopedic supports, I suffered from the sudden onset of crutches-induced Coprolalia -- the involuntary expression of obscene words or phrases.
If you are ever tempted to question the legality of a handicapped permit, please leave it to the police. Not all handicaps are visible.