Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 16, 2011, 10:11 a.m. EST by audiodef
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I'm deaf. As such, I'm even more affected by Wall Street's crap than someone without disabilities. As a person with a disability, I am qualified to say so. In that regard, I have a very keen interest in OWS.
But I'm concerned about what exactly would change for people with disabilities if OWS ends up meeting its goals (about which I still do not have a concrete picture. "Toss Wall Street on its ass" is very vague and requires post-success plans). Will video content in all forms be more accessible? Can I be less worried about the inability of law enforcement and emergency professionals to deal with my disability? Will I be able to be interviewed and hired for jobs without dealing with the blatant and rampant discrimination that currently exists, ADA and other discrimination laws notwithstanding? Will deaf children have as much access to quality education as hearing children? Will I have access to announcements made in public venues, such as public transportation?
To be blunt, why should I care?
I do care. But I need to bring this up. If people with disabilities will not be included, OWS will have no ethical merit. I'm concerned that there will be people involved in OWS who will give me shit for talking like this, but if I don't speak up for people with disabilities, I'm just as complicit as Wall Street in the state of affairs for people in my position, and I don't want that.