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Living, surviving and thriving with a disability

Current events: discrimination against persons with disabilities still alive and well
What do I know for sure about people with disabilities? We desire to be treated fairly and equitably in all aspects of our lives. We desire the playing field to be level and equitable. We have the nature and belief that we have to work at least twice as hard as does a “temporarily able-bodied” person to be accepted in many cases. With this knowledge in mind and the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] being passed in 1967 and reauthorized in 1991, why is employment discrimination against persons with disabilities alive and well in Minneapolis, MN? Continue Reading →

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Mother of autistic child fights for equal care

Proposed laws could disadvantage Black and  low-income people

 

By Michelle Lawrence

Contributing Writer

 

“State legislators want to create two different healthcare policies for kids with autism: one that generously covers the privately insured, and the other that gives minimal coverage to the poor and publicly insured, but both using state funds,” says Idil Abdull of Burnsville and mother of a 10-year-old son with autism. At age 11, when Abdull came to the United States from her native country of Somalia, she knew very little English and very little about American politics. “The only thing I knew about America was Superman and Rocky [the movie], she says.”

Some 20 years plus since arriving on North American shores, Abdull is now very fluent in both English and the parlance of American politics. “If nothing else, I know how to be loud,” she says. Like many other families, Abdull says she went through a period of denial about autism. Continue Reading →

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Living, surviving and thriving with a disability Bring the disability skeleton out of the closet

What is a disability? This is a multifaceted question. My opinion: A disability alters the “natural” or “normal” state of something or someone. The qualifier for this is who is defining “natural or normal states,” and how the definitions are received and applied by the public. My disability: partial paralysis of my left side, to which most people would apply the above definition. Continue Reading →

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Living, surviving and thriving with a disability

Survival, accident, luck, miracle: I wouldn’t change any of it
 
As I consider the wonders of life with a disability, I find myself pondering the survival-miracle-accident-luck narrative. “Survive” is defined as “to remain alive after the occurrence of some event; 2. to endure or live through an affliction, adversity, or misery, etc.” 
“Miracle” is defined as “an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God; 2. a wonder/marvel; 3. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.”

“Accident” is defined as “an unexpected or undesirable event often physically injurious.”

“Luck” is defined as “good fortune.”

Every person is different and will evaluate the narrative for themselves. Continue Reading →

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Living, surviving and thriving with a disability

Assistance, support from others vital to surviving with a disability
 
Why did I “survive” as a Black “crippled” child? I believe I survived so others can see it is possible. How did I “survive?” I believe I was born with the intestinal fortitude, true grit, and determination to survive. What did I survive? I survived a traumatic brain injury as well as severe internal injuries with resulting partial paralysis on my left side from head to toe. Continue Reading →

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Living, surviving, and thriving with a disability

 

 
 Living (the early years) 
 

I am in the middle of my fifth decade of life. I acquired my disability at the age of two and one half years old. Living with a disability is a mighty challenge for anyone. My disability happened early in my life, so I have always been a member of the disabled community. Identification as a “person with a disability” is a relatively new development/stage of disability. Continue Reading →

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