It's been in my head for days.
Ever since the conference in Vermont where I saw it. I think of it constantly because there are reminders. It was a tee shirt with a slogan on front. The slogan stays with me ... like a song I can't get out of my head. Things set it off.
There's a guy with a disability who works at the hotel I stayed at in Denver.
There's a woman with a disability who's taking care of child and family.
There's a group home for people with disabilties in my neighbourhood ... doors down from where I live.
I see the reclaiming of rights, reclaiming of society and reclaming of 'everyday life' by people constantly. I see the boldness in their eyes. I see the understanding of the importance of being out and being there. I see self advocacy in the very best sense.
Yes, people with disabilities are out and about, living community lives. It wasn't like that only short years ago. I went to a school as a child that had no kids with disabilities in attendance. I lived in a town where I never even saw a wheelchair. I watched television that excluded all put pretty white people.
Now they're here. Home.
And every time I see them, now, I think of the tee shirt I saw. It makes me smile and it makes me proud to be part of the movement ...
SELF ADVOCACY - BOLDLY GOING WHERE EVERYONE HAS GONE BEFORE