Because I witnessed the immense difficulties of my younger brother who had a learning disability, I have quite an interest in disability rights & for a long period was involved in the Self Advocacy movement for those with learning disabilities.

As I follow developments around the world, it stands out to me that disabilities of many kinds are becoming more prevalent–from improper prenatal nutrition to workplace injuries to the brutalities of occupation to the barbarisms of war. There are thousands of disabled in Afghanistan from bombing & land mines & in Gaza from bombing.

As we know from disability rights, every human being is perfect just as they are. That doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge the problems they face. It only means we want societies that don’t create disabilities & that don’t treat them as less than human beings by depriving them of necessary benefits, isolating them, & patronizing & pitying them.