What are some beliefs held by persons with disabilities?

  • People with disabilities are individuals. Each person is unique, even when their disability is similar. For example, not all wheelchair users can transfer, not all blind people can read Braille, not all deaf people know American Sign Language, not all developmentally disabled people need to be cared for and people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crime than be criminals themselves.
  • People with disabilities know best what they need and what works for them.
  • People with disabilities are not static. Issues and needs may change over time due to changes in the person's disability, age, education, and employment status.
  • People with disabilities are not broken and do not need to be fixed. However, some disabling conditions may need treatment but are not cured or corrected.
  • People with disabilities have goals and desires just like other people in our communities and have the same rights as everyone else in our country.
  • Programs for people with disabilities should include all disability types and be managed by people with disabilities.

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