Why Disability Matters in this Election!
Last night as I was putting Super Mighty Max to sleep I was tuned into the Democratic National Convention. I heard a woman speaking her speech very poised, passionate, and with purpose, but delayed as if she had a speech impediment.
When I finally came back to the TV and sat down I saw Anastasia Somoza, a disabilty advocate speaking about her work with Hilary Clinton and representing all of those living with disabilities in this country. What I also saw was a woman who was just like Super Mighty Max. She and her twin sister were born with has spastic quadrapelia Cerebral Palsy. She is wheel chair bound, and probably has difficulty with movement and other muscle issues that come with this physical disability, just like Super Mighty Max. I saw a confident woman who spoke of her first encounter with Hilary Clinton at 9 years old fighting for early intervention for kids with disabilities. Somoza gave me hope for all of those disabled and even more hope that Super Mighty Max could be an advocate for disability just like her.
Somoza went on to say that Donald Trump doesn’t believe in me, does not stand for me, and isn’t for her. She then went on to state this about Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump has shown us who he really is. And I honestly feel sorry for anyone with that much hate in their heart. I know we will show each other, and the world, who we really are in November — when we choose genuine strength and thoughtful leadership — over fear and division. Donald Trump doesn’t see me, he doesn’t hear me, and he definitely doesn’t speak for me.”
Watch her full speech here.
Why does disability matter in this election? Because disability effects us all. We all have someone in our family, friends, church, and community effected by disability. We have the reponsibility to go to the polls on November 8 and vote for who will ensure disability rights and advocacy continues in our country.
Stay Super, Make Mighty Moves, and Be Blessed!