Saturday, August 17, 2019

Comments by Elizabeth Richter

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  • Tina, I do think it is amusing that proponents of the CRPD are saying the intention is to improve conditions abroad and not here in the US. Why is it that the U.S. is so interested in bullying other countries while refusing to look at its own flaws. There is such profound moral hypocrisy here that it pretty much takes your breath away. What I see in the government position is this desire to look good, to be seen as supporting the rights of persons with different abilities, while at the same time, underneath many are profoundly prejudiced and absolutely do not wish to accord fundamental human rights to the abilities community. That is a bottom line fact. Among our own people, I tend to think there is a belief that if we can only get the closest possible approximation of what we want, then we might somehow shove our way across the line into the genuine acquisition of our human rights. I tend to think that isn’t happening either. Perhaps rather than accept the CRPD with RUDs and establish a damaging precedent, perhaps we need state our commitment to the CRPD as is, lose, and return to the process of continuing to educate our legislators on these issues until the time is right. I say this, Tina, as a grassroots activist where, for example, I was just speaking to students at a local university who told me that they are struggling to obtain reasonable accommodations under the ADA for eligible students. I know that in the CT Judicial Courts litigants who request ADA modifications have been routinely denied those requests. My daughter who is visually impaired has had to fight the threat of a grade reduction when she has requested a reasonable accommodation. So there is a widespread and broad based ignorance among every day folks that we must address through a campaign of education and reaching our to our communities with our stories and with explanations of how granting human rights to their brothers and sisters with unique challenges which benefit family members as well as enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities as a whole. I believe this particular blogsite is an important step when it comes to reaching out and educating people and has also provided a significant opportunity for folks impacted by the denial of their basic human rights and civil rights to speak–it has given them a voice. We need many more initiatives of this kind. Otherwise, we are a people of mystery and enigma, people considered to have a dangerous potential for causing major harm to others, and I could go more into the stereotypes. But what we must know is that people are afraid of what they do not understand. So if we want our rights, we must help others to understand who we are and why we, like them, have a common humanity and a universal human right to the same privileges that they have. This is the great task that lies before us, in my view.