I was involved in the planning of celebrations for the December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
I started planning the event in October with the help of South Island Community Council.
We had a panel of people involved in the planning with myself, a police officer from Saanich,
Doug Tenant from Recreation Integration and GT Hiring Solutions.
The theme for 2015 celebration was Invisible Disability or Diversability; it was a very challenging topic.
It could mean a number of things that could also cover a range of people with Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and other injuries etc.
I was asked by someone there what it is like when I first meet someone new and I’m introduced.
I said when my brother is with me he will say “Hi, this is Sheenagh, my sister”.
When I’m with a group of friends and we bump into one of their friends, they will say “Hi, this is Sheenagh one of my friends”.
So these are two examples I prefer people to use when they are introducing me to someone new.
Instead of them saying “Hi, this is Sheenagh, she has a disability”; I find this way is less positive