Can you guess who is writing this blog?
Go on guess.
Here's a harder question:
How many fingers are typing these words?
Come on, don't be lazy ... guess.
Well, here are the answers to those two questions given in one sentence.
Dave Hingsburger writes this blog using eight fingers and two thumbs.
I think this needs to be clarified.
One the comments yesterday suggested that I think I speak for the disability community, others have accused me, from time to time, as attempting to be a spokesperson for people with disabilities.
This blog is a place where my voice is represented by these typed words. I speak only for myself, I do not and have never claimed my voice or my opinions to be representative of all people with disabilities. I do not and have never claimed to be a spokesperson for the disability community.
There are times I have written things here that virtually no one has agreed with. You will note that I don't ever remove comments that disagree, you will also note that I do not use 'comment moderation,' I encourage debate and respectful disagreement. I'm OK with that. Sometimes I have realized that I had been wrong in my opinions, sometimes I remain stubbornly alone with my point of view. That's the way it is when you have dynamic conversations.
My opinion is my opinion and mine alone.
I find, though, that when someone disagrees with me, strongly, I am often accused of assuming a role that I have never sought, and do not desire. This seems to me to be a way of putting me in my place and attempt to silence my voice and negate my opinion. I don't mind someone arguing with the logic of my point of view or disagreeing with my experience by citing a differing one. But I find it slightly objectionable when the attack becomes personal.
A community is made up of voices, differing voices.
A community is made up of differing points of view.
A community is never one voice or one point of view.
I stand by what I wrote yesterday.
It is what I believe and, even after reading the comments, what I still believe. True I was a bit surprised by the diversity of reaction to the blog, but that surprise was a pleasant one. I was glad to have written something to which there was a variety of reactions. This allows me to see a bit further into the heart and mind of our community. This allows me to have a glimpse of the 'diversity' that our 'difference' as the 'disability' community experiences. I'm honoured by that opportunity.
This is me.
Oh, and, of course, my eight fingers and two thumbs.