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    but if you look at folks with disabilities as people first, not as "disabled people", it can make it easier.

    For years, it was easy to ignore the disabled or pretend they didn't exist, because for much of society they didn't exist -- they were kept at home, or shut up in institutions and hospitals, and the like. Even amongst the medical community there were many misconceptions; I remember in the book "Karen" by Marie Killilea how Marie and her husband went to many doctors who told them to simply institutionalize their daughter with cerebral palsy and move on with their lives. But as more disabled people were "mainstreamed" into general society and found their place, those of us without disability had to learn how to accept and communicate with these new people in our lives. In a sense, parallels can be found in the civil rights and gay rights movements, as previously invisible groups stood up and said, "Here I am, like it or not."

    In my limited experience, I find that my standard of the Golden Rule -- "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" -- puts me in good standing in my dealings with others. In a religious sense (if you don't mind that especially on a Sunday), my attempts to adhere daily to the Episcopal Baptismal Covenant, especially the part of "respect the dignity of every human being" also helps to keep me grounded in my everyday dealings.

    Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 04:01:22 PM PST

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