Would Jerry Lewis have said

February 21, 2009 at 11:20 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

“Stay in the House!” to FDR? I don’t think so.

But he might have applauded the mindset behind the complex system FDR developed to hide his impairment.

Pity or concealment, where possible.

Each of these people percieved only the two choices above.

While I don’t commend FDR’s choice to conceal his impairment, Mr. Lewis choice has reinforced the ‘pity’ meme every September for a long, long time.

As long as we’re pitied that’s a barrier to inclusion. And probably at least a partial barrier to finding employment.

If (where possible) we conceal, it can endanger our health, or lead to betrayal and abandonment by loved ones or other family when ‘the truth comes out.’

And, even though FDR was adamant about *not* being a role model in his lifetime, I do see him as at least a partial one now. He had a severe impairment and he was able to *run the country.*

Use that in your next job interview…if you sense anyone getting ‘iffy’ about the effect your impairment may have on a potential employer.

I’ll be watching the Oscars, because I’m a film junkie, and seeing Heath Leger get the Oscar is important to me.

But awarding Mr. Lewis a ‘humanitarian’ award basically saying that *any* visibility, even pity, is better than none, so he raised awareness…great job Jerry…”

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

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