ck in college, various professors would ask me to present about disabilities in their classrooms. Since disability is such a normal part of my life, I sometimes forget how little mainstream American culture acknowledges this reality. It was eye-opening to the students to learn about the barriers still faced by people with disabilities, and empowering for me to talk about concepts like Disability Pride.
After college, life got busy, and these types of presentations fell to the wayside. Now that I am self-employed, I have again decided to pursue public speaking about disability awareness. In fact, this October I will be presenting at the
St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference
about the importance of compassionate understanding and communication when working with people with disabilities.
As a part of my preparation for the Health & Human Services Conference, I wanted to research others' experiences about disability. So I wrote a survey, the Comprehensive Wellness Survey for People with Disabilities! If you have a disability or if you live, love, or work with people who have disabilities you are invited to take the survey at the link below! 120 people have already taken the survey, but the more the better!