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All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

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All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

“Did you know membership within the largest minority group in the world is always open to everyone? It’s true, yet somehow the world still excludes the majority of us because of our membership status.”

Membership Has Its Rewards Or Does It?

Today there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. Of this number, 15% of the population has some form of disability.

Our minority group; people with disabilities (PWDs) that is, don’t care about gender, religion, education or other characteristics that define a person. We are the only minority group where anyone at any given time of their lives can become a member.

I wonder what the world would be like if the majority of the population were PWDs? Personally, I think we would still be as discriminatory as we are today because of the majority numbers game. With so many people on the planet, it’s unlikely we’ll ever be accepting of everyone but why don’t we celebrate our differences?

Instead of looking at PWDs with pity or disdain why not let’s try to be kind? Whether we are born with or acquire a disability later in life we are no more or no less human than anyone else.

We can transcend barriers by changing the way we perceive one another. The way we will achieve this goal is by sharing our stories, getting out there and living our lives.

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A white, teal and gray template uses the ‘Abby’s Corner’ image. Abby, sporting her signature explosive hairstyle is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). She is using her teal Abby logoed laptop with a headset/microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

9 thoughts on “All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

  1. We should all be together and include everyone. We never know when we will find ourselves on the outside! What a wonderful group

    1. This is such an important point Lynn that I think many people miss. They think it’ll never happen to them unfortunately the numbers aren’t in their favor because the older we get the more likely we will acquire a disability.

  2. Well said, Steph. A minority that all of us can join, at any time, and yet it seems the non-member majority puts current membership in the back of their minds…and to the rear of their concerns. We all have to be better than that.

    1. Thank you Bruce. Yes, it’s almost like the majority thinks disabilities cannot happen to them but the numbers show it happens far more frequently than we realize, especially as we get older. It’s always bothered me when people would laugh or poke fun at people with disabilities like they are/were immune. To your point we have to do better and like George said, we have to respect one another.

  3. Yes, if we recognize and respect one another, we have a better chance of finding respect everywhere. Some of our disabilities are obvious, some not so much. We vary greatly, but we are all the same. Thanks for your wisdom.

    1. Thank you George for your comment. I think respect is a huge piece that many of us tend to forget these days. We are moving at such a fast pace and expect everyone to be on the same page which is unrealistic. While back in the day overall I think there was more respect from a mannerism standpoint, back then there wasn’t much respect for people with disabilities. There seems to be more awareness now but to some degree there is still some backwards thinking on the value of humans with disabilities. It’s always easier when we’re on the opposite side of any given issue to think one way. When our circumstances change we are then challenged to change our thinking.

      1. There is indeed a lot of backwards thinking. Often people who have a disability (or 2, or 3) are underfunded and under trained. We also tend to be divided into sections. Wheelchair users, amputees, people who have visual impairments of varying degrees.
        We truly need a healthy dose of respect. That comes from caring about others because when we do we learn we are all the same. I really like what you wrote today.

      2. Thank you George. Your comments are always uplifting.

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