In my opinion this survey is a classic example of Americans seeing the glass half empty and not understanding disability. Thus, I cannot resist sharing my $.02 on this one.
Now I know I’m preaching to the choir on this, but I ask that you hear me out because, in the event you agree with me and want to work with me, together we can make a difference…ok?
This is a snip it from the survey results that America’s opinion on disability is based upon …and the crux of my beef.
The survey, launched in an effort to understand America’s perception of disability asked: “Which would you choose: Living with a severe disability that forever alters your ability to live an independent life, or death?” The survey findings noted significant attitudinal differences based on age, income, geographic location, and level of education.
Highlights of the research included:
Middle-aged Americans were less willing to live with a severe disability than older Americans. 63 percent of people age 35 to 44 chose death over disability versus 50 percent of people 55 to 64 and 56 percent of Americans 65 and older.
The reason for these results is that disability is drastically misunderstood My understanding of the public’s view on disability is some one that has absolutely no functional capacity and that is likely why 52% said that they would rather check out than live as a disabled person.
The true meaning of the word disability in according to Social Security Administration is complex but the short version is that your condition prevents you from doing any job in the United States Economic system 5 days a weeks, 40 hours per week.
Suffering from a condition or being disabled can certainly cause limitations, but for many you can still make a contribution to society be it through advocacy or working (yes you can work and keep your disability income) just like:
> Dennis Berry,
> Charles Vaughn Listen to what charles has to say
> Michelle Tool
I would bet a box of donuts that if you asked any of the above if they would rather be dead, the answer would be an emphatic NO.
In many instances there are perks for the disabled: tax breaks, government funding programs and many resources that assist the disabled in leveling the playing field. But don’t count the Uncle Sam to knock on your door and tell you about them!
Thanks to the team at Disaboom for stepping up and making us aware of America’s perception and thank you for listening. If you want to make difference take action and apply what ever skill you can muster up to be a voice of change that helps people understand that it’s not better off being dead.
Together we can make a difference!!!
Ps: That’s why this is the one FREE Disability resource you really can’t afford to do without. http://www.thedisabilitydigest.com/