Via Sunny Dreamer:
(The clip is totally visual– thanks to Day for pointing this out about youtube videos. Basically is a french commercial that shows a city where having a disability is the norm…i.e. There is a man with an umbrella who has to scrunch down to use a public phone, a woman who goes to a hotel and the check-in person only signs, a library where all the books are in braille, and images of disabled people staring at nondisabled people.)
Reminds me of a poem I wrote last year:
the place i love to call home
disabled people roam the beaches and streets
not combing through trash or holding up signs for food
but with the freedom and power to do whatever they want to do.
the concept of self-determination is so innate here
that no one is alarmed by the masses of Disabled people just sitting around naked
rarely is disability the standard for beauty
and this is finally a place to be free.
here at our island,
interpreters are for people who aren’t fluent in ASL,
words like lame, dumb, and insane are used in positive affirmation,
and notions of group homes and employment discrimination are so foreign that only scholars can barely grasp the concepts of them…
this island i call home is a safe place,
free of judgment
everyone is welcome—
just know that disabled people will be on the movie screens,
kissing other disabled people
and doing disabled things
so don’t come if you’re not down with that…
this island is the place i love to call home
when the real world gets unbearable
or when i don’t have the patience
to deal with all the political bullshit
of my beloved community.
Kara is hosting a lovely disability carnival this month titled IF!