GeeeeWeee Special Olympics have already come to an end? Bummer man. The plus side? Tonight we chose to celebrate with pizza, drinks, and SUGAR! God is great and these people make me happy. Really really happy.
As I have mentioned before, I am planning to hopefully center my research project around the idea of the word disabled. To begin, I have decided to begin posting observation notes every Tuesday and Thursday.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I work with a young man that I know from high school. Him and I do a range of things from going to the library, the park, to just a walk to the river. He is a very large part of my life as I have grown to learn a lot about this population of individuals.
I plan on including my observation notes in the days to come as this may help others become more aware of this population of individuals as well as help me with my research.
Disabled..In today’s society the word “disabled” usually has a negative connotation with the words “can’t”, “different”, and “limited”. When I looked up the exact definition for the word disabled it states, “(of a person) having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities” (merrium webster).
In my opinion, this is one of the biggest problems that we as a society have began to face. What do we call individuals that are different from the rest of us? We have become glued to the idea that it is okay to call them mentally impaired, physically impaired, and disabled, but have we really took a step back and put ourselves in their shoes?
I believe the first step to changing this misconception as a whole is to begin spending more time with these people. Over the summer I worked at a summer camp in California for individuals with disabilities (yes even I have a hard time figuring out the correct way to refer these kinds of people). When I worked at this camp though I not only became very close with many inspiring people, but I also learned a lot about myself. How truly blessed I was, but also how passionate I felt about the human race overall.
The reason I am posting about this is because I wanted not only get my scholar’s opinions on the word “disabled” but to give people a glimpse of how special and inspiring these people truly are.
So I’ll start with showing you my blog. As I left home and stepped foot into an entirely new surrounding I was planning on updating my SoLoved blog. The SoLoved blog consists of me and seven others that are focused and dedicated to making a difference around the world. Although I only updated my blog once while I was away, it may reveal an understanding as to what exactly I was doing on a day-to-day basis. If you may so happen to be interested in checking it out the link is: http://solovedteam.weebly.com/anna
As I will be postingabout this topic much more often I would love to get some of you guys’ feedback on this topic. Oh and here’s a little pic of my buddies Benny and Steve. Have a wonderful day!