Long, Gregory A.
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Growing up with a brother who has disabilities has not always been easy. But I cannot imagine what life has been like for him, or anyone else who has a disability for that matter. Not many people realize what people with disabilities go through every single day of their lives. People with disabilities are often seen as being insignificant and irrelevant. This could not be more untrue. I wanted to work with Dr. Greg Long on this project to further this point. When talking to Dr. Long, I found out his end goal was to make multiple short videos containing biographies or stories of people who have disabilities. My job, as part of the project, was to get to know multiple people who have disabilities and try to understand their thoughts and opinions of what they have to go through every day. After writing a narrative for each person, I then gave each an opportunity to be apart of the small videos that would later be produced. I was only able to do two interviews, but in my opinion one would have been enough of an eye opener. Some individuals are bom with disabilities, and some are acquired. Some are visible, and some are not. Disabilities are so wide in range it seems almost unlikely that a single person doesn’t know someone with a disability. One would think that this would make it easier for people to talk about, but not talk down to, people with disabilities. This is not the case. There seems to be such a negative stigma that comes with having a mental disability. People are viewed as “crazy” or “insane” and because of this, it makes it that much harder for people to talk about. There shouldn’t be anything negative associated with depression, anxiety, Asperger’s, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder. Those people are fighting their own battles with themselves, and shouldn’t have to fight any other battle to get the help and support that they need. In hopes of spreading this idea, that is one of the reasons why I chose to do this project.
Most, Chelsea, "Sharing experiences of people with disabilities" (2013). Honors Capstones. 1007.
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