Monday, September 23, 2013

The nurse sister of mine who works

with children living with disability.

She's pretty calm and collected until someone says something off about disability, and then you get  the verbal uppercut. I like what she wrote below and its when I go to see her in her workplace that I realise how meaningless most of our jobs are....and how much nurses do to help people, but get little recognition. 
I take my invisible tuiga off to every nurse, who work long hours, get poor pay, but till get out of bed to make someone else's life better.
You're amazing! 

Her comment about the use of language: 
"The use of language and words describing people with disabilities has changed over time. 

It's important that people are aware of the meaning behind the words they use when talking to, referring to, or working with the Disability Community. 

Disrespectful language can make people feel excluded and can be a barrier to full participation. Recognize that a disability is not a challenge to be overcome, and don't say people succeed in spite of a disability. 

Ordinary things and accomplishments do not become extraordinary just because they are done by a person with a disability. 
What is extraordinary are the lengths people with disabilities have to go through and the barriers they have to overcome to do the most ordinary things. People with disabilities are - first and foremost, people - people who have individual abilities, interests and needs. 

For the most part, they are ordinary individuals seeking to live ordinary lives.

 People with disabilities are mums, dads, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, coworkers, students and teachers. Promote understanding, respect, dignity and positive outlooks"

Fa’amalo lava i faiaoga ma tamaiti aoga o le Loto Taumafai. Manuia galuega o le vaiaso."

1 comment:

Enid Westerlund said...

Great minds think alike!I just wrote something along the lines of people with disabilities!!