BNICEH (be nicer), the Black Network in Children's Emotional Health, consists of BNICEH SmokeOut Campaign, IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles and Equality), and Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consortium.
posted by Ayo Maat at 10:01 AM
Reducing poverty in disability community, solar-powered adaptive equipment and appliances, rebuilding communities of low income as well as the Black community to live, work, and eat green; and do business with green business.
Maat founded this think tank to have a place for those who are disabled to work on green issues and share their expertise with their non-disabled peers.
I give of my talents and skills when I am inspired, as I can, as best I can, as if I am being paid a golden salary. There is no difference in my work whether volunteer or paid in terms of what I produce or contribute.
However, I remember that "a servant is worthy of hire," so there is nothing to prevent me from being paid for my work except me.
Meanwhile despite family, friends, and ungrateful people whom I have helped almost discouraging me from ever volunteering, I am a disability advocate both by default and need to restore the civil rights and human rights of my peers and myself. By default, most persons who are disabled have to advocate for services--they don't happen automatically. Good health or wellness; access to buildings, streets, housing, and happiness; equity in services and/or employment; and independence in transportation are just a few basic goals that most persons who are disabled set, but never achieve without a price--the price is usually the almost perpetual need to teach the general society how to re-think access, equity and human rights. It becomes a full-time job demanding access, trying to convince the business community and landlords what accessibility means, and finding persons with vision, total comprehension, thoughtfulness and sensitivity in addition to their experience or desire to help how to assist us appropriately in our home and outside the home with our needs without being lax or pitying us or imprisoning us.
Disability is a label, not a death sentence. Those who refuse to hire or accommodate qualified persons who are disabled or do not realize their worth and ability to be self-employed, hold elected office, sit on boards and think tanks, teach, participate in game shows, plan a city's or state's infrastructure or advise its government, or run large corporations, do not just discriminate against a population that appears to have the lowest income level and lowest rates of employment and highest rates of poverty, but they show poor character and judgment and a very unloving, un-American, certainly not spiritual, and a most biased attitude.
But fortunately, the world is catching up with the idea of not having to euthanize or dismiss its citizens who are disabled and discovering that we can also contribute to society--just give us access to what we need and we will do the rest. Access is not making it more difficult for us to afford service, food, housing, travel, or live.