I was carried along with the message of the video and then the very end, the actual very end slapped me hard in the face. I roared inside with upset and anger. Good God! Don't people think!!!
The last thing you see is the name of the company who created the video and their slogan.
Pro Infirmis: We make handicaps disappear.
Let's leave the term 'handicap' aside, but really ... WTF?
People with Down Syndrome are heading towards being 'disappeared' ... science is hunting them down, prejudice is approving of elimination, history taught but no one was listening.
"We make handicaps disappear."
What the fuck is that about?
So many organizations and agencies which support people with disabilities have slogans that astonish me ... 'seeing beyond disability' ... 'taking the focus off disability' ... 'overcoming disability' ... those kind of things. Yikes. Disability is not something that needs to be 'overcome' or 'ignored' or 'disappeared.' Disability just IS. It is a part of the human condition. When you support people with disabilities with and speak negatively about who they are in yours corporate tag line - questions need to be asked.
But given the violent history of people with disabilities ... 'We make handicaps disappear' may be the worst offender that I've ever seen. And I've seen many.
And for the record I son'd want my disability to be 'seen beyond' or 'ignored' or overcome and I sure as hell don't want to be disappeared.
I am still apoplectic as I write this, I'm lost for words.
Hopefully you won't be ... talk to me in the comments. How do you respond to this ...?