Yep, the best disability website I've ever visited would have to be OUCH ... the BBC site that can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/ . It's a site I drop in regularly as I did today during a break at work. They had a feature that, oddly because I thought I'd read the whole site, I'd not noticed.
They do a top ten list in a semi (mostly) humourous and a semi (lesser) serious way. All on issues about having a disability or being disabled in a nondisabled world. I loved it. I immediately thought of lists I'd like to write.
For the rest of the day I've had a pad and pen with me. First thing I found out, it's harder to write a 'top ten' list than you'd think. But finally by nine tonight I had a list.
TOP TEN WAYS IT'S COOL TO BE IN DIRECT CARE
10: Everyone thinks you are sooooo patient and sooooo special.
9: You get to set goals for others that you can't reach yourself. Way Cool.
8: Every day is different ... some are even terrifying.
7: After a week you can eat a peanut butter sandwich while wiping someone's butt.
6: A 6 figure income, if you consider the .00 as two figures.
5: Getting really down deep excited when someone buttons their shirt up right.
4: Going to the movies, in the afternoon, on work time.
3: Being trusted to get it right with someone elses life when you get it wrong in your own.
2: Being challenged to grow and learn without being in therapy.
1: Well, that will have to wait 'till tomorrow's post, won't it.