Let’s Talk About Ableism: What It Means, And Why Everyone Should Care- When my son was born, he was perfect — ten little fingers, ten little toes; tiny, exquisitely formed features. He was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. He and I were like other mamas and babies in that way. While I believed then (and still believe now) that he was the most perfect and beautiful baby ever born, I’m fairly certain that is a sentiment held by most new mothers.
We Need to Start Recognizing Ableism as the Serious Issue It Is- Guest post by Persephone Smith-Donohoe, 14 year old disability advocate, musician, martial artist, dancer, and big sister. This essay was originally written as an 8th grade assignment and was voted Best Presentation by Persephone’s classmates and went on to become an inspiring speech presented to students and teachers.
It's OK To Be An Older Worker As Long As You Don't Lose Your Job - Americans who are 55 years or older have the lowest unemployment rate of the nation, but if someone from that same demographic were to lose their job they remain unemployed for the longest of any age group. The average age of retirement has gone to 61 years of age, while the percentage of individuals working past 65 has also gone up. - Allison Linn, 9/5/2013
Pro Infirmis «Because who is perfect?» - Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modeling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organization for the disabled. Entitled "Because who is perfect? Get closer.", it is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Director Alain Gsponer has captured the campaign as a short film.