The New Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities: Misunderstanding and Ableism Within the Disabled Community

One needs what one needs, regardless of stigma!

Running with Crutches

It is disheartening to hear that Melissa Ortiz was appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities. She is a disabled “disability advocate” who founded the grassroots organization Able Americans and a Republican supporter. Her alignment with the Republican Party per se does not bother me, but many of her beliefs perpetuate misconceptions about the disabled community–a community for which she claims she supports.

While I respect and admire Ortiz’s push for accessibility, her beliefs that all disabled people can be self-sufficient is ignorant and excludes severe physical, mental, and behavioral disabilities. While she may be able to function without many of the additional expenses that come with having a disability (i.e. a wheelchair, crutches, communication devices, personal care attendants, home renovations, personal tutors, interpreters, frequent doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions, and emergency room visits, ramps, elevators, feeding devices, modified vehicle and driving lessons etc.), many disabled Americans…

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About Kathy Powers
Advocacy is my therapy. Chicago, IL

One Response to The New Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities: Misunderstanding and Ableism Within the Disabled Community

  1. wheeler55 says:

    There are collaborators within any movement. I wish the disability rights movement could stay clear of this type of deception, but apparently we cannot. Unfortunately, there has always been a hierarchy in the disability community, just like the community at large. It’s totally wrong that it is this way. Somehow, we have to change it, so that our movement stays pure.

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