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Turning the Table on Equality | How Do You See Me?

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Mar

Turning the Table on Equality | How Do You See Me?

 

Awareness days seem to be popping up on the calendar as frequently as videos of cute, yawning puppies and political rants on Facebook feeds these days. Some are noteworthy causes, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Youth Homelessness Matters Day, others make you scratch your head, like National Frozen Food Month. But the point of these days is to make you take a moment to consider the implications of why you should be aware of that particular issue, to spread awareness so that more people understand the hardship others experience, or maybe the difficulty faced in developing yummy frozen foods.

 

“Each year the voice of people with Down Syndrome, Autism, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.”

 

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(c) Sevenly 2016

 

In that moment, unless we have a relationship to the day itself, we consider what life might be like for someone with breast cancer or young and homeless. March and April have a plethora of awareness days, some ringing truer than others, especially for VersAbility Resources. If this is the first time you have heard about us, VersAbility is a nonprofit in Virginia that supports people with disabilities in leading productive, fulfilling lives of their choosing as fully accepted members of society.
Many of the wonderful people we support have Autism or Down Syndrome. March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day and April 2nd is World Autism Day. As the world fights for equality for all, let us not forget these wonderfully unique people. They face discrimination and are often viewed differently just because they function in another way. People with disabilities want you to be aware that they have something to contribute. They want you to see them as people, and nothing less. They know how you see them, but turn the tables and think about how they might see themselves?

 

” Noticing others as different from yourself has become our default, but it doesn’t have to be.”

 

(c) Coordown 2016

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