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Disability culture has improved thousandfold since the early days of institutions and sheltered workshops. Growing up, for me, it wasn't uncommon to see “Handicapped Parking” signs everywhere. The latter term has thankfully become antiquated. We now see a shift from seeing disability rights as privilege, to seeing disability rights as human rights owed the same as everyone else who wishes for a good and happy quality of life.

Disability Culture:

Disability culture has improved thousandfold since the early days of institutions and sheltered workshops. Growing up, for me, it wasn't uncommon to see “Handicapped Parking” signs everywhere. The latter term has thankfully become antiquated. We now see a shift from seeing disability rights as privilege, to seeing disability rights as human rights owed the same as everyone else who wishes for a good and happy quality of life.

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Isaac Newton in 1675

Social change is about coming together. It's about justice. It's about access. I've seen a lot of these changes myself, with the advent of the ADA, mainstreaming education, and the adoption of person-first language for people with disabilities.

Freedom for people with disabilities means the liberty to enjoy things just like everyone else. 

What is a hero?  A hero can be anyone regardless of ability. A hero is someone who is selfless and has a goal. 

DAY OF ARTS FOR ALL BLOGPOST 2: THE ARTS COUNCIL OF WESTERVILLE

After interviewing some of the artists for the 90-Minute Art Challenge, I worked my way over to the Arts Council of Westerville's table where I was introduced to Linda Wilkins, their President, who said their organization encourages participation in and appreciation of the arts in the Westerville area, and have done so for 23 years. “We welcome everyone!” she said. At their table I made a watercolor postcard with marker and salt to give it what she called a speckled effect. People seemed to enjoy this activity. I know I did.

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