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You've got to be kidding me.

Employees with disabilities are an embarrassment.

How much do you want to bet this person was proud of a "diverse" culture at the company? When will we get past the idea that disabilities are something to be ashamed of? When are we going to start respecting everyone for who they are, not what biology, chemestry, appearances and genetics say about them?

I don't want to start a flame war or attack on the person making the comments or the company she no longer represents. I'm glad to hear that the company denies these claims, but I hope it's not just a method of saving face. The longer I'm in college, the more I feel like it's not the physical, mental, emotional or other disability that is the barrier, it's society's perceptions that are the true handicap.


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Apr. 4th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
disabled an embarrasment
THis is a particularly interesting article to read in lieu of the fact that someone just posted to the acb-l list a few days ago an article that said americans who find out that companies higher disabled people view that company in a more favorable lite since it is being socially responsible.
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: disabled an embarrasment
I didn't see that article, but it sounds interesting.
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
She told a recent Green Skills Seminar: "We place the disabled behind the scenes. We have a responsibility for professional horticulture's image."

Yes and now Ms. Minter is a professional bigot.
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Exactly! What she forgets is that someday, she or someone she knows is going to have a disability and will face a similar reaction.
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
This issue is prompting me to think, not for the first time, about a somewhat related issue. I'm a federal employee, and one of the big pushes in recent years has been what is generically referred to as "diversity awareness." PWD's (I really don't like that term!) are included under that umbrella. I've done some diversity training myself. Recently, however, I'm beginning to question the concept to some degree. I can't help but wonder if "celebrating one's differences" doesn't actually have the effect of making people overly sensitive to differences. I've worked in this facility for sixteen and a half years, and I'm sorry to say people still see my blindness first and me a distant second. It is all too common walking down the hall to suddenly hear a rather hysterically sounding person saying "on your right! On your right!" as we pass. A simple hello would do just fine, and serve the same purpose. Sorry, I'm rambling, I just get real tired of being different sometimes.
Apr. 4th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Being different
When I first came to college, we had a diversity discussion. Disabilities were mentioned, but less than other diversity issues were. I've found that people are pretty good here about disabilities, but I think there needs to be mor education sometimes. Sometimes, people forget that accessibility goes further than having a ramp in the building. I don't usually mind educating people, but I do get tired of being different as well. I'm really not sure what the solution is. When people treat me like I'm just one of the group,, it doesn't seem to matter so much if things aren't accessible. And things usually get resolved much more quickly too.
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