Disability Revolution or Disability Revelation?
There are times when I wish I could just put my head in the sand and ignore all the external noise of the world and it’s problems. This past month has definitely been one of those times.
Every day for the past several months, those of us affected by disability, have
been bombarded with one hurdle or another, one exhausting fight after another; the controversy over the recent CLBC closures of group homes, with employment opportunities like the Ridge Meadows Recycling Plant being threatened, and well, yesterday…when the last brick on one of the most horrific crimes against people with disabilities fell.
I am reminded of a quote by Ernest Hemingway, "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places".
I kind of feel that is where we are within the world of disabilities. With all the controversy, I felt like there was going to
be be a ‘disability revolution’. Let’s stand up in unison, wrap our arms together and storm the powers that be with our mandates, our agenda. Rah rah disabilities!!
Now don’t get me wrong, I still believe we, as families, as communities need to convene our voices, our needs. However, I think we are more at the point of having a ‘disability revelation’ versus a ‘revolution’.
The word revelation is defined as "something revealed, or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized." In a biblical sense, it is defined as when God disclosed of Himself and His will to His creatures.
All the media attention, all the outcry of the last few months means we, those in the disability sector, have been revealed. We have been revealed as passionate, capable, families in need, yes, in need.
We are at the broken places. Ministry leaders have been shuffled, the CEO of CLBC has been removed, and the bricks of Woodlands will soon turn to dust. It does not mean we are fixed, that the pain, the anger, the mistrust has gone away…but we are strong in those broken places.
We still need to convene as families, in community. We still need to develop innovative housing models. We still need to compensate those who have suffered at the hands of others.
We are at the broken places, but we are strong.
And in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "I may walk slowly, but I never walk backwards." Here is to moving forward, between the cracks, in the broken places to strengthen our world of disabilities and support those in need.