Hello everybody, Imagine you were watching TV and all the TV played was the same episode of Full House over and over and over again. Wouldn’t you get pretty bored, I know I would.
Today my blog will be about National Disability Awareness Month 2015 and how it affects the “What if…” campaign.
Did you know that March is National Disability Awareness month? Did you also know that Disability Awareness is a huge problem. I do not think that enough people know about disabilities. We need to spread the word. That is why the “What if…” campaign is so important. We need to be able to get the word out to people. We need to let them know that disabled people are no different than other people, other than the fact that they have a disability. March is only one month, but I think this awareness movement should last forever. I’ll say it again; it should last forever after March has passed.
People should not stop being aware of disabilities, they should want to spread the word, they should want to tell their friends and family all about this fantastic person that they met down the street. You should not look at a disabled person and immediately think, “I don’t want to associate with that man or woman or child.” You should think they’re just like me, they are human even though they may not look the same as everyone else. Differences are what make us unique, being different is what makes us us. How do you think the world would look if everyone looked, talked or walked the same way? I assure you the world would look pretty bland.
Here is a scenario for you. Imagine you were watching TV and all the TV played was the same episode of Full House over and over and over again. Wouldn’t you get pretty bored, I know I would. John Stamos is pretty funny, but not that funny to watch repeatedly. If everything looks the same, talks the same, or walks the same there would be no variety in life. Now to tie it back to the campaign, my initiative is to help people be aware of it all the time, because I think the population is not as aware as they need to be. They need to know that a person like myself is there to assist them when they need help. We are good people; we help you when you need help. It pains me to see a disabled person being mistreated because no one should ever miss treat anyone, disabled or not. You never know, you could make friends with a disabled person. We are very friendly, even though sometimes people are scared of us and get annoyed with us.
Today, before I go, I’m going to give you three startling facts. I’m asking you to choose one of the facts that I am going to give you and give your opinion on it. You can even do all three if you like, but I’m only asking for one opinion, thank you.
Fact number one – 36 million people are disabled in the US. For all you math people out there, that is 12% of the US population.
Fact number two – 28% of people over the age of 25 that have a disability do not have a high school diploma.
Fact number three. 21% of disabled people 16 years and older are below the poverty line.
Remember, you only have to choose one of the three I gave you, but as a bonus, how do you feel about those numbers and what do you think we should do about them? Those numbers ought to tell you one thing. Those numbers definitely need to change through this campaign. Hopefully we will be able to change one number at a time, because maybe if we get the word out to people, people will be more inclined to help.
That’s about it for today. Have a good day and remember, it only takes one person to change the world.
Have a good day and be kind to one another. See you next week Chandler 🙂