Monthly Archives: March 2012

Stalkers

Today, I want to share a new type of “helpful” citizen. In the past I’ve shared the Concerned Citizen and the Proud Observer, today I want to talk about the Stalker.  The Stalker will, quite literally stalk you.  Sometimes it’s … Continue reading

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Focus Shift

This Friday disABILITY LINK will be sponsoring a vigil to honor those that have been lost due  violence from family and caretakers.  This will be one of a number of vigils held across the country.  These were prompted by the … Continue reading

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Learning to Read Again part 2

I’ve made a fair amount of progress with learning the Braille alphabet and even in writing.  It was very difficult at first to memorize all the new letters, and even more difficult to recognize them through touch without groping the … Continue reading

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Patronizing

“Can you handle that?” “Do you know where you are going?” “Are you sure you don’t want help?” “You’re doing great!” To the untrained eye these may seem like innocent questions and statements. However, to a person with a disability … Continue reading

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Working, or “you know, the economy is just so bad for everyone right now”

One of the things that irritates me the most is when people try to blame the poor economy alone for why the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is so high.  You sometimes hear people say: “well, everyone is having a hard … Continue reading

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Independent Living: Being in Control, but Not Alone

“Independent Living,” (IL) as it is used in IL philosophy and in the IL movement, can be a confusing term to get used to.  After all, many of us are accustomed to the word “independent” meaning alone or free from … Continue reading

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The Proud Observer

I’ve previously written about the “Concerned Citizen” who frequently tries to assist people with disabilities in the street, on the train and in the station; another frequently encountered person is what I like to call “the Proud Observer.” This is … Continue reading

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