Inclusive Ideals: Wise Words Awaiting Action
How can we make the world a better and more inclusive place for people who live with differences, visible or invisible, that can make them vulnerable? Idealists and visionaries can inspire us to see better ways. Satirists can prompt us to see the weaknesses and inequities of existing supports. The perceptions of those who speak from lived experience of disability are especially valuable. It can take a long time for these wise words to be heeded. The examples chosen here were composed at least 20 years ago but are far from being realized.
We are open to posting more wise words. Send us your suggestions.
Community is not a place but a way of life: Learning to Listen
The following is taken from a speech by Herbert Lovett in Dallas, May 1996. OAARSN posted it in mid-2002 and also a review of his 1996 book that speaks to everyone concerned with abilities and inclusion. Herb Lovett died in an auto accident in March 1998. Here is a link to our OAARSN book review by Heidi Klaming
Leading with a Quiet Voice by Judith Snow of Toronto, 2001
“What does it mean for us — as people who are called disabled — to be leaders in our own lives, in our communities and as advocates?”
The Quiet Voice: Click here to download the PDF
Click here to read a message from Judith Snow.
Individualized Approaches to Supporting People with Disabilities
During the 1990s, individualized funding based on self-determination became a focal goal of the worldwide disability movement. Individualized funding is now recognized as a fundamental requirement for self-determination, enabling people to purchase, and therefore gain control over, the supports needed to enjoy meaningful lives in the community.
Individualized funding refers to the way in which dollars are provided to allow the purchase of disability-related goods and services, including technical aids and equipment, homemaker assistance, attendant care, and respite services which provide some relief for caregivers. These disability supports are distinguished from the income supports or social assistance paid to people who cannot earn their basic living costs such as rent, food, and clothing. Funding is based on the needs of the individual (as determined by an assessment in which the person takes part); dollars are paid directly to the individual; and dollars are portable across jurisdictions (and can be moved from one place to another with the individual).
Individualized funding means much more than a system of accounting. The approach has been described as the way to turn clients into citizens.
Beyond Programs: A Parable describes the difference between traditional and individualized approaches to supporting people with disabilities.
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