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Florida Is Recognizing Disabilities Are Not Only Physical

Florida CRC (Constitutional Revision Commission) will be voting on the proposal for state rights for any disability, not only physical. The word “physical” is struck through.

Click on this link to see the whole proposal (1 page):

DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, Basic rights; Section 2 of Article I of the State Constitution to provide that a person may not be deprived of any right because of any disability.
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The Physically Disabled in the US Are Overlooked by Colleges

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Psychology students in U.S. colleges are educated about the minority group of the disabled, the least.  Oh yes, the mental illnesses are the main focus, but according to a study published by the “Society of the Teaching of Psychology,” and authored by Kathleen Bogart, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University:

“We are not properly preparing students to interact with this group.”

“Overall, the study found that all of the colleges in the analysis offered classes on psychiatric disabilities, but just eight had courses focusing on physical disabilities though such issues are more common.”

“Courses tended to take a medical approach, focusing on diagnosis, treatment and cures rather than looking at social issues like coping, acceptance, prejudice and policy implications.”

When a disabled person seeks to join the mainstream of life, he/she does so with the expectation of being accepted for what he/she can do, not for what they cannot.  Unfortunately, whether the disability is obvious or not (hidden – “you don’t look sick”), the majority of the “normal” population is sidelined and doesn’t know how to react to people who are considered “different.”

Not all disabled persons are outwardly disabled – they don’t wear a sign saying, “I am disabled.”  There are many diseases that humans suffer that cannot be discerned just by looking at the patients.

When the disability is found out, a series of circumstances or occurrences can begin to happen.  People will stare; they will be afraid to have conversation; they will ignore; they will assume the disabled person cannot behave or converse in a “normal” way; they lose trust and confidence in the person’s ability to perform the tasks.  The worst part is that the disabled person can be made to feel like a pariah; a person who is unworthy; a person who is not a person at all.

Many disabled persons seek the assistance of psychologists, or “counselors” or “therapists” in order to discover ways to deal with their disappointment, and the prejudice, the discrimination, and yes, the open hostility.

If psychologists are not taught how to counsel people with physical and medical disabilities, in addition to mental problems, when confronted with the above reactions to their disabilities, how can help be forthcoming?

There are many areas lacking attention in the U.S. universities’ educational programs, and more attention and a proactive approach by the psychology and medical advocacy communities should be given to this problem.

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Talking About Social Justice For Chronically Ill And Disabled

 

In my social media wanderings, I came across a blog named, “Utting-Wolff Spouts.”  “Quite an odd name for a blog,” I thought, but decided to see what this person was all about.  Turns out “this person” is really two people:

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“Between us we have about sixty years of experience of being abused by the medical establishment. We were foolish enough to fall ill as teenagers so we are tough, strong and increasingly noisy. We are also scientists and consider the PACE trial one of the greatest scams. Enough of the psychogenic waffle and more of genuine knowledge and rigorous science.”

The purpose of this couple’s blog is to raise their voices about the “natural and social sciences; politics and social justice”; in particular, about ME, categorized in “The Politics of ME.”  The “social justice” part of their advocacy caught my eye, as did the following two paragraphs in their post entitled, “Misrepresentations of Chronic Illness and Disability“:

“The work of countering misrepresentations of chronic illness and disability needs to continue, ideally more vocally than ever. There is strength in numbers. The more people with chronic illnesses and disabilities who dare to speak out in public, either online or out on the streets, at the workplace etc., the greater the effect regarding rectification of misrepresentation. We should not treat our disabilities according to the perceived norm e.g. someone using a wheelchair must be paralysed, rather than too ill to walk. The more people using wheelchairs as an energy saving mode of transport the better for the public’s perception of ‘who’ a person using a wheelchair is. Being the object of raised eyebrows and/or scorn is unpleasant but it will become even less pleasant if we comply by internalising those raised eyebrows and scorn. We have already paid a high price for an ‘offence’ we have not caused, by falling ill or being born without the normatively expected healthy, functioning body.”

“Being chronically ill and disabled is hard, yet here we are. It is an infinite, informal course in lifelong learning we did not voluntarily enrol on yet must endure. I embrace the multi-faceted knowledge and insights from the many sufferers I have had the pleasure, sometimes displeasure but that is part of learning too, to encounter. The only way forward involves actively listening to the experiences of others, collecting background facts, understanding the context…  I also hope for tolerance, especially in times when there is so little of it. Most of all, I hope for sustainable change towards a more inclusionary society in which the chronically ill and disabled no longer feel they need to apologise for an offence they did not commit.”

One of the commenters, named Kelly, who suffers from Fibromyalgia, shared a link to her video.  I am sharing her video because so much of what she says is very easily applied to many sufferers of debilitating diseases:

I encourage all my followers who are ill with, or advocate for, a chronic illness, to visit Utting-Wolff Spouts.  Those who do not suffer, or advocate for, a chronic illness might find the blog informative and thought-provoking as well.  The more people who try to understand what living with debilitating illness is about, the better, IMHO.

Replay Sunday and Happy Easter!

Please help! My daughter’s dearest friend needs caring people to come forward. She is losing her home, cannot work, and her disability claim has been denied due to a government error, which she is appealing.  Thank you for spreading the message.

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First of all, Happy Easter -hope the bunny was good to all out there!

Secondly, I am re-posting this video because I care deeply about my friend. I am asking people to re-blog  this video -on your blog, on facebook, on twitter, etc. Please spread the word, as I am hoping to reach our goal.

 

If this seems pushy, I apologize. Being aware there are many things going on in this world and everyone can do so much, this is one thing I can do to make SG’s life a little easier, and so I am trying. If you would like to donate, even as little as $5.00, please go to http://www.gofundme.com/886ae8

It is much appreciated!

Many thanks again to Bill Griffin and his team at Crowdwish.com.

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