Monday, March 15, 2010

Disability Advocacy

For far too long I have sat on the sidelines and watched while others have fought for the rights and interests of people with disabilities. I have decided to get off the sidelines and enter the fight to protect the rights and interests of people with disabilities. It is time for me to make a contribution to society and to stop doing nothing.

I am getting involved in disability advocacy through Access to Independence (A2I), an independent living center (ILC) in San Diego and with the help of Rachel Vega, an organizer. Through her I am learning how to be an advocate. I am also getting involved in advocating and educating about assistive technology (AT). I got in to this also through A2I and the help of Maria White, the AT specialist there.

My involvement in disability advocacy will give me a purpose in life and something to be involved with. It also has the potential to help many people, not just myself.

6 comments:

Steve Rochambeau said...

Love to see you getting involved John! I have known you since grade school and have always admired your courage and strength. You are an inspiration to all with disabilities. My sister was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension about 5 years ago, she is a fighter too.We pray for a cure everyday...
Keep up the fight!

Steve Rochambeau

Jason G said...

John - I am really happy to hear you are getting involved in Disability Advocacy!!! We need more people in the disability advocacy movement, and you will be great at it!

Anonymous said...

Go get 'em John!

~ Lance

Greg said...

Excellent. I wish you the very best of luck. Let me know if I can help in anyway.

Jon's Pop said...

John, in my opinion, you have been actively advocating for persons with disabilities all along with this blog. You have certainly provided information, insight, perspective and inspiration through your many posts. We are only more proud of you to learn of your involvement with A2I. Love from the entire Watson Family

Bionic Sisters said...

Great to hear John! Each voice makes a big difference, especially yours! - Bridget