The Kamloops Self-Advocates is a
newsletter for people with diverse abilities
published by Krystian Shaw.
April 2018 Edition KSA Newsletter contains in
This month’s theme
Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion Let’s celebrate diversity this month and ways to keep our bodies and minds active. Inclusion is wonderful and celebrating diversity is a great opportunity to reflect on all of the positive things we have in our lives, even if we have challenges in some areas.
Let’s encourage people to focus on abilities more so than our challenges. Put your label in a drawer and only take it out when you need support and services. Unfortunately, labels get you services, so that’s the only time labels should be used since we are people first, not a label.
People should get to know everyone whether they have challenges or not. Many people with diverse abilities are hardworking members of society. Some people may be unable to work, but still have a lot to offer to society, including as friends and important family members.
When we see people as people first, we are more likely to see what we have in common with each other. We all have the need to be loved, wanted, and have companionship. So please include everyone when socializing and having fun. Please don’t discriminate or stigmatize.
You will have a much more fulfilling life and so will we.
Click here to read the newsletter KSA April 2018 (1)