Her candidacy alone is a triumph of indomitable individual will, an act that plumbs the depth of personal courage to live a fulfilling life in the face of an illness that would devastate most people and turn them into recluses.
Dawn Parkot explains her candidacy for the Morris School District board of education thusly:
“I am being just me.”
That may sound somewhat routine, but Parkot’s candidacy is not.
What is Ableism? By: Dawn Teresa Parkot
The prejudice that a society has toward its members who have disabilities is known as ableism, and it is just as abhorrent as racism and sexism. Ableism is found in several forms, the most common are ideas and assumptions, attitudes, and practices, resulting in stereotypes and stigma. Ableism leads to inferior education for children with disabilities. It can lead to rejection of disabled applicants for housing and employment.
Those who support this legislation claim it contains safeguards against abuse, there is no way for those safeguards to be enforced since there are no mechanisms in place to do so. The disability rights community is rightly concerned about the potential for abuse in these bills because abuse of elderly and disabled people is a growing problem.
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