Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Inspirational" Ideas

I just had two thoughts about how to deal with non-disabled people calling people with disabilities "inspirational" just for doing ordinary things:

1. Yes, in a way it is inspirational that he / she is able to … (have a paying job, drive a car, live independently, etc.) … but it shouldn't be inspirational. The only reasons it is inspirational is that there are still so many unnecessary barriers that prevent a lot of people with disabilities from doing these ordinary things. Are you willing to support policies and practices that make these things "expected" rather than "inspirational"?

2. Let's create an agreed-upon list of people with disabilities who are "inspirational" in a more profound sense … people who far exceeded expectations and helped others do the same, who helped make the world a better place for all people with disabilities. Nominees? Ed Roberts comes to mind, but I'm sure there are more and that there would be a lot of deliberation about it, like there is for other "hall of fame" type lists for other topics.

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