How do you know you might be a hard core disability rights advocate? Here are 13 surefire signs, in no particular order.
- Your email inbox is always full of newsletters and action alerts and you actually respond to the alerts.
- Your nightstand has copies of “No Pity,” “Rules for Radicals,” “Organizing for Social Change” or some other disability or advocacy related tomes.
- Your twitter feed is mostly retweets from @AndyAUCD, @RealEconImpact, @NCILAdvocacy, @paraquad, @NASUAD1, @aneeman and @JayRuderman (or @Cathy__Brown)!
- You have Facebook “friends” who you’ve never met, but they share your passion for disability advocacy. (And you sort of like them better than your regular friends.)
- You know your legislators and they know you are the go-to person on disability issues.
- You’ve been actively involved in at least one systems advocacy effort in the last six months and have more planned.
- You’ve actually been to a board of aldermen or city council meeting and you know why attending is important.
- You are a member of a local community group affiliated with the Coalition for Truth in Independence.
- All of your friends understand people-first language — and use it!
- You work for a Center for Independent Living.
- You’ve used the phrase “the movement” at least once today and the people you said it to knew what you meant.
- Whether you use accessibility features or not, in the back of your mind you are constantly evaluating the accessibility of places you go.
- You just can’t believe what the new federal regs say.