I recently attended the McGinley-Rice Symposium on Justice for Vulnerable Populations: The Face of the Person with a Disability at the Duquesne University School of Nursing.
To eloquently capture all that was covered would take up more time and space than I have the bandwidth for at the moment, but needless to say it was an inspiring and eye-opening experience. (You can view some pictures, here.)
We learned about ADA laws in regards to employment and education. We talked about what it is to be a person who is disabled. We discussed faith and religion and how they can intersect with illness. And we talked about how far healthcare has to go in terms of accommodating patients who are chronically ill or disabled.
I will write more on this wonderful event on my Arthritis Ashley website in coming days. I was so grateful to be able to attend this event, and I thank Duquesne University for the opportunity. Social justice is such an important initiative that often gets overlooked because of greed, politics, or stereotypes. I am happy to be a part of the movement that gives a face to those of us who live and thrive with a disability.