by Debra Bare-Rogers, Regional Director 1
In my state, Disability Rights Maine celebrated with a wonderful gathering, with individuals varying disabilities. We enjoyed gathering with others who embrace our differences, and are not limited by society’s expectations of being ‘normal’. Note that I use the term ‘differences’. My disability pride means that I communicate differently than my family who hear well. This is MY journey. My life experiences are an opportunity to advocate everyday to make accessibility a standard, not a special accommodation. I love to be outdoors: I hike as a woman with hearing loss and two hearing aids- does that slow me down? No, it is my superpower!
Check out the video for the 2022 Maine Disability Pride Month Celebration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcunO8I8-F8
And other one about a Roger Poulin, a DeafBlind man who hiked the Appalachian Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWhF8t7r1Kw