What a great exhibition of the "It's Our Story" project at UCLA this past Friday, 17 October 2008. The project allows people to be heard who are as much the fabric of our flag as anyone. My own dad had polio as a child in the 1910s, when treatment was more hope, prayer, and good intentions than anything else. He was "disabled" or "crippled," to use the word of his time, and had an S-shaped spine (scoliosis) that kept him a very small person obliged to wear a thick leather "gusset" to support his back. Yet he took an MA in Chemistry in the early 1930s when such degrees were far rarer than today, and went on to run an investigative medical laboratory at a major insurance company. He also conducted basic and forensic research on the prototypes of such devices as the electrocardiograms that have by now evolved into essential tools of biomedicine. So although he did pass away at a very early age because of a generally weakened state of health, my dad was physically challenged but not "handicapped."
October 19, 2008 2:58 PM
Today Scott and Riis, came to our Center here in Ogden Utah, to interview each of us.What a tribute to everyone with a disability everywhere, to be able to voice "THEIR VERSION" of "OUR STORY". There will never be the right words to thank these fine young men for their time and effort. I am even more sure that they will be severely underpaid, if not in debt up to their eye balls for their efforts. My main concern is of course "INDEPENDENCE" for all people with disabilities. But even more over, above and beyond the AT needs, or the obvious needs, I want to express the importance for "RECREATION" at any level. There needs to be financial support for all Independent Living Centers, their AT needs, Critical Housing, and more much more. But let us not forget that "RECREATION CAN BRING YOU OUT OF THE HOUSE, AND MAKE YOU SMILE". It changed my life, my attitude, and made me more pleasurable to know. The Independent Living Center near you can help you with what you need, to make you independent. Scott and his crew, and the "OUR STORY", may just be what we have all wanted for many years, to help increase awareness. I want to thank you Scott, and may God bless you with your efforts, as well as your crew. May your efforts be noticed, and heavily reimbursed, for you are helping us, all of us, to get "OUR STORY" out where it can be heard.
Tri-County ILC - Recreation Coordinator
www.tri-county-ilc.com click on recreation links
November 3, 2008 1:48 PM
Impressive, terrific, every person and family (including brothers and sisters) should tell their story.
November 10, 2008 10:11 AM