It's always an interesting question.
"What questions would you ask someone who is applying for a job to support you?"
I always look forward to this discussion. The questions often veer from the usual 'Where did you work before' to the highly specific 'Do you like Garth Brooks?' What's interesting, though, as part of the workshop for people with disabilities - they have tons of ideas for what they'd ask in an interview although precious few have ever had the opportunity to ever interview anyone.
A couple days ago, the discussion was happening and people were calling out questions they'd like to ask. Few asked questions about education or training but lots asked questions about attitudes, tastes and personality.
"Tell me a joke that you think is funny?" Was a question that came up in a workshop a couple of years ago that I've long thought was a very, very good question.
Now, in Leeds the group is thinking hard about the questions. I see a small hand come up from a woman with multiple disabilities. She had a huge smile and a willingness to participate and be part of the workshop. Sitting comfortably in her wheelchair, she'd been in a couple of role plays and put her had up often to participate.
She'd listened closely to the others as they came forward with questions that they'd ask. I could tell she was listening hard to the others and thinking hard for herself. I will never tire of watching those labled 'uneducable' by those who were unwilling to teach - learn. Finally, having come to a decision, her hand went up.
"OK," I said looking directly at her, "what is your question."
"Will you make me happy?"
Now, that IS the question isn't it?