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Celebrating Our Global Disability Community Today 🌎♿🙌
December 3, 2018
A message from CFILC Statewide Community Organizer Allie Cannington
I believe that one of the pervasive functions of ableism, the oppression against people with disabilities, is that is isolates us from each other.
International Day of People with Disabilities is a reminder that we are not alone and that we are connected; connected beyond bars, borders and oceans.
International Day of People with Disabilities is a reminder that we, Disabled people, are everywhere - on every continent, in every city, remote town and village – our people have and will continue to exist, persist and resist injustice.
International Day of People with Disabilities is a call to action that we, people with disabilities, can reach out, connect, and grow stronger together.
International Day of People with Disabilities is a honoring of the global independent living and disability rights movement.
The first official independent living center may have started in Berkeley, but there are now independent living centers across the world - from the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan, Nepal, Cambodia, Taiwan, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, just to name a few.
Every disabled person, local disability community and independent living center has endless wisdom to share with one another.
One billion strong, we are here.
Personal Note: Thank you to all individuals who connected me to the larger global independent living and disability rights movements. I have learned some of my deepest lessons of disability rights, love and justice through connecting with disability activists beyond the US – from Syria, Australia and to Japan. This is not a complete list but I thank – Yoshiko and Justin Dart, Judy Heumann, Masami, Tommy, Japan Independent Living Center, Satio, Stella Young, The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), YO! Disabled & Proud, Victor Pineda and all those who journeyed with me.