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Ableism
This is a summation of an article that I read for discussion a few years ago, in school, but it covers my own thoughts and feelings well, so I thought I would share it with my friends and family. I hope you find it worth reading.
barry-kathy-trainAbout 20% of us have some sort of disability. Therefore, ableism is a construct in our society that we cannot remove too soon. The problem is that it is deeply rooted in our vocabulary and in our subconscious. We need to stop viewing people with disabilities as defective and different (in a negative light). After all, we all have similarities and differences. In other words, we must do away with the idea that we need to be “fixed” and that we have no gift or talent to offer others. The ablest ideal allows us to marginalized, discriminated against and treated as though we have far less value than nondisabled people. (Zellwinger, 2015)
As a society, we often fail to offer full accessibility beyond getting in the front door – wheelchair ramps. After all, are wheelchair ramps, larger restrooms, curb cuts, larger dressing rooms etc. a huge bother for nondisabled people? Other accommodations can also include “braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions … class note-takers, recording devices for lectures” and other services and accommodative devices or equipment. Lack of these restrict our autonomy and make us more dependent on others. Not only that, it takes away from our well-being and self-esteem. We begin to feel like a “burden.” More than that, a person with a disability often does not always have full access to healthcare. How does a person in a wheelchair get on an exam table? How does a nonverbal person communicate their problems and medical needs without a caregiver there? Medical providers need to be more aware of these difficulties (Zellwinger, 2015)
The language of ableism leads to both individual oppression as well as societal oppression as a whole. Inclusion should be the goal. Such pejorative terms include: mentally retarded, moron, high functioning, incapacitated person etc. I realize that many of these terms are used to describe a condition, or level of a condition, but more work needs to be done to find and use language with a more positive connotation. As I have said previously, I prefer the term “challenged” because a challenge does not have a negative feeling; it is just something to be dealt with or overcome. Finally, it is very important to remember that not disabilities are visible, however, that does not make them any less real.
People with disabilities should have the same rights to housing, employment, medical care, and educational access as anyone else who is considered nondisabled. In other words, they should be treated with respect and humanity individually and referring to them as a group. People with disabilities deserve to lead the best life possible.

Zellwinger, J. (2015) 6 forms of ableism we need to retire immediately Retrieved from
http://mic.com/…/6-forms-of-ableism-we-need-to-retire-immed…

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A Feel Good Story

I am so proud of my team the Seattle Seahawks. Twin brothers, Shaquille and Shaquem Griffin are on the team now. This is pretty unusual by itself as they are only the second pair of brothers to be on the same team. However, the story gets so much better! You see Shaquem was born with only only one hand; imagine catching a football with 1 hand! Many of us can’t catch one with 2 good ones, let alone one. However, the best part of the story is the hope and inspiration he is giving to kids born with the same birth abnormality! Here is the link to the story for more information:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/shaquem-griffin-nfl-draft-seattle-seahawks-inspiration/

GO HAWKS and  God bless Shaquem!

 

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Happy Easter – He Has Risen!

E = Everlasting Life – He rose from death to give life to His children.

A= Abundance – Abundant love He has for us.

S= Sin is no more for those that accept his love.

T = Turn your eyes to Him.

E = Eternal Life and love.

R = Resurrection – A new life, like Spring itself

He Has Risen!

Happy New Year

 

H = Hoping for wonderful things this year to come.

A = Appreciate those moments spent with those close to your heart.

P = Prosper in love and empathy for others.

P = Positivity brings warmth.

Y = Yahoo! A new start!

 

N = Nature takes a winter’s rest.

E= Eloquent, descriptive words explain the feelings in our heart.

W = Warmer weather comes in Spring.

 

Y = Yearning for a peaceful world.

E = Enjoy elegant vistas from sea to sea.

A = Authentic words from the heart.

R = Roses are things of beauty, my favorite flower.

 

 

 

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Haiku Horror & Nightmare

nativity

His Love Wins

To Mary’s horror,

 Jesus born in a manger was

King Herod’s nightmare.

 

Jesus, no earthly King,

Herod murdered infants, his sins

But Jesus’ Love Wins!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #181 Nightmare&Horror

 

 

An Update Concerning My Life’s Journey

Before I get started on this update, may I take a moment to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed holiday season for those who celebrate Hanukah or have some other wonderful tradition!

Part of the reason that I started this blog is share my experiences as a woman with disabilities. For those who do not know, I graduated last year with a degree with a BA degree in Human Services with a major emphasis on Gerontology, older people, and people with disabilities.  I have Cerebral Palsy.  in my case, means that I am confined to a power chair. My thought/plan was that I would go to work as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility – a nursing home. I did not know that almost all human service jobs require both a driver’s license and the ability to perform CPR and other first aid. Although I have requested accommodation for these, it has not resulted in a long-term job.  I have had 2 very short-term jobs, one at an adult family home and another as a fingerprinting clerk. Neither job gave me much of a chance to succeed at it. I worked with the older ladies for four shifts. They were more happy watching T.V., than having me there. However, the youngest client was 87 years young; they felt as though I was bugging them. As for the fingerprinting job, the powers that be felt that I was not fast enough to keep up. These experiences caused me to re-think my plans. I am now enrolled in a Master’s program for Marriage & Family Therapy. So far, I have maintained an “A” average for my Master’s classes. In February, I will begin classes through NAMI, The National Alliance of Mental Illness for peer to peer support.

This program allows people who have successfully dealt with mental illness e.g. depression, anxiety etc. to help someone that is new to the behavioral/mental health system. I will act as mentor to them. Ten weeks of training will be required, but I am looking forward to this opportunity very much. I have always wanted a job/career that I would be able help people improve the quality of life of others. It is a great feeling to know that I made lives better in these difficult times.

As you see, there is still much work to do before people with disabilities get the employment opportunities as others. I think of it like the Olympics, we must be outstanding at the job to get the same opportunity to work. Yes, there are anti-discrimination laws in place, BUT, there is something called “At Will Employment.” Simply put, this means that a boss in 49 out of 50 states has the right to terminate anyone with or without cause, something that I have learned because of my years in school.Getting ready for graduation 2016

BUT Be Brave Be Bold

Daring to live life,

Sadly. there will be some strife,

BUT be brave, be bold.

https://ronovanwrites.com/2017/12/04/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-178-bolddaring/barry-kathy-train