It's a proud day here at Rolling Around In My Head. I get to be the first to announce that I was contacted by the Canadian Federation of Physically Disabled Persons, the cfpdp who informed me that because of my work I have been selected to be inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. I admit that I was quite taken aback and completely surprised that I had been awarded this honour.
I am busy putting together a package of information for their press people so that they can write up something about me. It's been interesting to stroll through my career in the field of disability and to consider my last three years as a disabled person. There are three categories in which you can be nominated, Acheivers, Atheletes or Builders. I have been nominated in the 'Builders' category. This pleases me no end.
I am a strong believer in the concept of community. Both the larger community into which all the smaller communities fit and the smaller, separate community into which we as people with disabilities snuggly fit. If I have been seen to build either of those communities - well, how cool is that.
My focus over the last three years, crafting safe places wherein people with disabilities can life and work, has consumed much of my energy and all of my attention. It has been a logical outcome to my years of working in sexuality and self advocacy. There is no freedom without safety. I have been lucky to find an agency that would hire me to help them change - and in the end they have changed me. I have become a believer in the possibility of people to act with courage and good will. I have become a believer in the possibility for people with disabilities to sleep soundly and unafraid. I have become a believer in the habit of vigilence and the practice of respect.
I feel that I am still too young to be in a Hall of Fame. I feel that I am still growing and learning, still reaching and dreaming, still waking with purpose to be fulfilled. I now face a huge and incredible challenge.
My acceptance speech is to be one minute long.
Now how am I going to do that?
Well, the ceremony will be held on October 26th. I've got a little time to work on it. Anyone have any idea of what I should say, in one minute?