Today is Blog Action Day.
What do I know about human rights?
In all honesty, I don’t keep up with the news like I once did. I bury my head in the sand. Where did the girl who used to read news magazines go? Where is that idealistic teenager who joined Amnesty International? Whatever happened to the young professional who caught Democracy Now! on her afternoon commute?
She went to college, got married, got a job, moved back and forth across the country, got divorced, got different jobs, got remarried and became a mother.
Were it not for that last detail, I would stick my fingers in my ears and sing “la, la, la” instead of participating in Blog Action Day. But even as I’ve been drafting this post, other questions have been nagging me:
What does it mean to take action on human rights through this post?
To what action will I call my readers?
How can I keep this from turning into Blog INaction Day?
Finally, a simple phrase hit me: disability rights are human rights.
Human rights violations occur when one person views another person or a certain group of people as less than human. Others must stand up for those who cannot fight for themselves. We must bring attention to inequity, injustice, and inhumanity.
My son is autistic. He is different, but not less. Many people who will encounter him will dismiss him. There will be those who will think he does not deserve their attention, understanding, compassion or respect.
Today, I am asking my readers to click through to the links I’ve included on the words “abuse” and “murder.” I want you to read words more eloquent than mine and to learn about what happens to autistics and others with disabilities when no one advocates for them. As Maya Angelou said, “when you know better, do better.”
Do better. That’s my plan for Blog Action Day.