OUR VIEW OF DISABILITY
Labels are so old brain
This short video explains that viewing the world of disability through labels is so old brain and how embracing new brain solutions holds the key to a world full of exciting possibilities for everyone.
Imagine if everyone in your life who has a disability suddenly just disappeared. Oops forgot the 10% dyslexic. The 13% hearing impaired the 10% with sight loss, diabetes. Arthritis, learning disabilities, depressin, facial disfigurement dementia and Stroke, asthma, Speech impairment wheelchair users, autism, migraines, anxiety, amputations, brain damage, muscular dystrophy before we know it there would be no one left. There are more than 1,000,000,000 people with disabilities worldwide and the number is growing. Yet how many of us When we hear this word disability automatically click to the old assumptions. Nothing to do with me.
It’s just a few wheelchair users, blind people, dogs, doctors and charities take care of them when actually the experience of disability, the unfairness and disadvantage that it brings is very much about me. In fact about all of us about our experience as we go through life and about getting older, which most of us would like to do actually we all know human perfection is rare.
Why bother with the Olympics if everyone can do a 3-minute mile. The real problem is our side tendency to make assumptions about each other on the basis of labels? How we ourselves expect to be treated is changing as we recognise that we all have a basic right to respect, dignity and choice. We need to replace the unacceptable old focus on medical labels with the new focus on individual potential dignity and human rights, the old brain makes assumptions. Everyone just knows that blind people can’t use the Internet.
The new brain asks how could this talented blind researcher do this job if we were clever simply put, impairment is what happens to disability is what we do to you refuse the ramp refused flexitime insist you apply online even though the technology won’t let you refuse to let you use a different keyboard. Assume you are just not worth the bother?
That old click comes through especially loud and clear when you hear the traditional challenge. So, what is the business case for hiring disabled people, but just think nobody asks what is the business case for hiring say Canadians. Everyone knows some can do the job some can’t, some have the talent some don’t, some need adjustments, some do not.
we don’t generalise about 35000000 people labeled Canadians why on Earth do we still generalise about more than 1,000,000,000 people labeled disabled. And yes, I am Canadian
and listen hard to the disabled graduates new brain reaction, but why do you need a business case for treating me properly? Business disability international wants to start a brand-new conversation, which drives a global revolution as disabled and not yet disabled come together to ask how do we replace the old brain with the new and in case you’re wondering who this Canadian is? I’m Susan Scott Parker chief executive of Business Disability International.