U is for Understanding and I feel it is important we all have a better understanding of each other. We are all experts of our own situations and it is very natural to assume everyone else’s situation is similar. especially with people are see as our peers. Miscommunication tends of be the main cause of most problems between individuals and organisations as what we hear is not being said. Better understanding is therefore a key to a better future.
R is for radical and at times, many people do consider my views to be radical and I would acknowledge I am more forward thinking. I would however that while the claims and statements look like they require a leap of faith, I believe that are based on my own brand of logic which are explaining but it would take a lot of time to take people through the steps of my thinking.
We all have the right to believe in whatever we want but it is helpful to others if we are able to support the with evidence or logical understand when we are asked questions or challenged to explain it further. It should be easy to do this if we are confident in our beliefs. When people react in a hostile manner to being challenged, it can only but the question of validity of what is being proposed.
I believe radical just means something what is not yet fully understood and yesterday’s radical ideas are today’s everyday thinking!
Many readers will know that I am a big fan of responsibility as the next step of the true and meaningful inclusion of disabled people as enabled and empowered active citizens. I argue control is not born out of a rights agenda but rather a responsibility one.
It frustrates me organisations who claim to represent disabled people are still fighting for rights 15 years after the Disability Discrimination Act became law rather than supporting disabled people to use the potential powers they already have in the hands. These organisation claim to work in the social model but actually depend on the medical/tragedy/charity model for their existence as human rights and hate crime are used as the modern tools of pity.
If anyone has a specific problem, the only person they can ever truly rely upon to solve it for them is themselves. While it is very easy to shout foul and blame others, it does not solve the issue. It is better to take responsibility and just solve the problem and this includes knowing when you need to ask for some help.
Being responsible should be so easy but it has been made so complex as charities have used human rights to steal responsibilities from individuals. We are however facing an economic situation when everyone must be permitted to play their part however large or small.