Moving Forward

Jan 29, 2013
Tagged with: Moving Forward

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ―Martin Luther King, Jr.

Earlier this month, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has always been someone that I have looked up to and respected. My respect for him has grown as I have learned more and more about the cross-disability movement. Dr. King offered great hope and inspiration for change to come. He recognized how through the power of truth we can change the world, as well as the way society may be ignorant of certain things. It is not necessarily someone’s fault if they do not understand a person with a disability, but that misunderstanding should not mean a lack of access.

I have been lucky enough to grow up in a post-Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) society. This act along with others has enabled me and many others to have the benefit of being part of the whole society. I think that when we remember people like Dr. King, it offers a good opportunity to see how far we as a disability movement have come. Sure, there are still hurdles to overcome, but every day we can read about the breaking down of those barriers.

An article that caught my attention was distributed by the NCAA: http://catalog.proemags.com/publication/89b688f8#/89b688f8/48

The article details the possibilities of adaptive sports within the NCAA. There is a lot of work to be done for this to happen, but it is encouraging the the NCAA is taking it upon itself to find out how it can better serve people with disabilities. It is also exciting to be involved in intercollegiate wheelchair athletics at such a point in time. The prospect of the sport growing is encouraging, and helps me to continue the work I do. I know that there will be a lot of hard work, but I am thankful for those like Dr. King who came before me, set a good example, and made the road smoother for me.

mattdowncourt

Author: Jared Rehm