As time goes by, language changes. Terms go in and out of favor. Some of the words we use today had totally different meanings in decades passed. The words we use to describe disabilities and the people who have them are no different.
“The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
The disability community at large has been fighting for civil rights for decades.
There is no shortage of opportunities for us to help create change in our world today. We all have our reasons for why we choose to support (or not) a particular issue. When it comes to advocacy, we are usually motivated by causes we identify with. If we can picture ourselves or our loved ones being affected by a certain problem, we’re more likely to invest our own time and energy to fix it. What about the issues that we don’t allow ourselves to connect with? Who fights to fix the problems most of us just don’t want to acknowledge?