Our message in soundbites:
The Americans with Disabilities Act . . .
-- Is a civil rights law.
-- Gives a level playing field to everyone, not a special advantage.
Universal Design. . .
-- Applies to everyone.
-- Needn't cost more money.
-- Solves many problems.
Economics and Employment . . .
-- People with disability are becoming poorer.
-- Laws are designed to keep us poor.
-- We bring a tremendous amount of $$$ into a community. Others make money off us, even as we remain in poverty.
Disability Culture . . .
-- Just as gays have pride in being gay, we have pride in disability.
-- Being disabled is normal.
Attendant Services . . .
-- It's about hiring whomever you choose for whatever you need (getting up, bathing, reading, etc.).
-- It's real choice ‹ getting services that fit your life, not making your life fit the services.
-- The money is already being spent ‹ but it goes to institutions.
Assisted Suicide . . .
-- It's not compassion, it's contempt.
-- If you tell your nursing home "give me liberty or give me death", which do you think you'll get?
-- The nursing home or death: what kind of choice is that?
-- When the privileged get the right to be killed, the rest of us will discover that we have won the duty to die.
-- If you favor assisted suicide, be very, very nice to your children.
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