A move towards political and

November 12, 2005 at 7:35 AM (Uncategorized) (, )

economic visibility…

I was reading the comments this morning on the blog, and there are more people with disabilities writing and commenting all the time.

It got me wondering.

It’s my perception that the policymakers and politicians in the US either don’t really *see* the disabled as a part of of society with specific needs that need to be understood, addressed and *accepted*…or that if they do, they still put us in that “charity begins at home” place in their head, and believe it is the duty of local charitable/religious organizations to step up, and meet our needs when the aforementioned policy makers decide to take the budget ax to those existing safeguards, and quash any newer ones like Money Follows the Person. Government cannot legislate effectively if it doesn’t acknowledge that we’re out there, living,writing,dealing with limitations,having families,working.

Are these blogs the flashlight? Will *someone* in authority stumble across them, and begin to read them and have one of those moments where they connect the raft of legislation they vote on to the effect of their vote on disabled people?

(Oh and by the way the Tennesee governor, Bresden, who engineered massive cuts in his state’s TennCare health system obviously hasn’t had his epiphany yet..[snort].)

I hope so. I hope everybody keeps writing about anything and everything, and that someone in government begins to make it their business to check such things and communicate their findings when they *get* it to more and more local, state and federal policy and lawmakers.

And my idea that the disabled as a group are presently socially and economically invisible would get more and more outdated as time goes on.

Here’s hoping.

2 Comments

  1. bridgett said,

    Yes! Use the voice you’ve got. Do what you can from where you are. Write now and then or do it every day or start one and don’t ever write again if it turns out that way. Be happy or angry or silly or sappy or satirical. Refuse to be erased, forgotten, compressed into a small social space assigned to you by some institution that doesn’t have your best interests at heart. (Ex: One parking slot in a field of 300? That kind of shows you how businesses and fed/state governments visualize disability– Rare within the population and only rarely capable of interacting with the rest of society, usually through the mediation of an AB caregiver. I’ve often thought it would an incredibly transformative thing if the ratio of parking spaces for disabled people more closely approximated the number of actual people with disabilities in a given population. That’s a visual referent ordinary folks at the Wal-Mart can understand.)

    Connect. Insist. Transform.

  2. bridgett said,

    Yes! Use the voice you’ve got. Do what you can from where you are. Write now and then or do it every day or start one and don’t ever write again if it turns out that way. Be happy or angry or silly or sappy or satirical. Refuse to be erased, forgotten, compressed into a small social space assigned to you by some institution that doesn’t have your best interests at heart. (Ex: One parking slot in a field of 300? That kind of shows you how businesses and fed/state governments visualize disability– Rare within the population and only rarely capable of interacting with the rest of society, usually through the mediation of an AB caregiver. I’ve often thought it would an incredibly transformative thing if the ratio of parking spaces for disabled people more closely approximated the number of actual people with disabilities in a given population. That’s a visual referent ordinary folks at the Wal-Mart can understand.)

    Connect. Insist. Transform.

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