Sunday, November 2, 2008
Last Thursday, I was invited to a luncheon for the ADACC (ADA Coalition of CT), and it was a really nice event. Given my status, you would have thought that I had attended many an event like this, but not really. As my employ now is at a Center for Independent Living, I went with the Executive Director who is on the board of the coalition. The main speaker was Dr. David Carter, the Chancellor for the CT State University System. He was a dynamic speaker, talking when he was the President of one of the state colleges he had to use a wheelchair for a time. We were regaled with the usual 'wheelchair wouldn't fit stories (and I have plenty of those as well). His main point was not just that things 'meet the code' but that everything disability needs to exceed the code. Not just in building codes, but in attitudes. An excellent speech.
I have always felt that hearts have to be changed, to be more accommodating regarding disabilities. Attitudes can change, but perhaps my place on earth is to be more of an emissary for those who don't know what to do - maybe I can guide them
toward the needed knowledge. I can only try...PS: I had the lasagna, and it was filled with yellow squash, carrots, broccoli, ricotta and tomato sauce. It was excellent!