As human beings, we all have rights. We all have needs. We all deserve justice. As an organization that supports people with disabilities, we see the injustices that surround people with disabilities, being unable to gain access to things that all persons should have access to. At PCCS, we want to hone in on individuals who have been denied a service (i.e. therapy, medical treatments, a safe space due to a domestic violence situation, etc.) because of their disability. We believe they deserve the same supports and services anyone else receives. We want to begin a conversation about why advocacy is so important and create social change through conversation.
Why do we do what we do at PCCS? It’s the stories of two people we support that strike a chord. Marsha, a person we support was denied the opportunity to live on her own. She deserved to live in her own apartment, just as anyone else could. Originally, Marsha was living in a state group home, where she didn’t get along with her other roommates—it became hard to build relationships. One of her personal goals was to learn how to cook, but with her living situation, she wasn’t provided opportunity to make choices or meals. Through a lot of advocating and maintaining a positive outlook, Marsha got the apartment she deserved and wanted! At first, she was scared to live on her own, but by setting specific goals, like cooking a meal for herself, Marsha was able to move into her own department.
Jonathan was denied the opportunity to advocate for himself. Jonathan was bullied in school, and therefore had difficulty build relationships that he wanted to. Jonathan recognized that he wanted to learn how to maintain relationships and having respect for others, despite being bullied. He deserves to be heard, make friends, and work hard to get a job and an apartment of his own. Jonathan’s future goals include one day work at Stop & Shop and bag items.
Stay tuned in the coming months to hear more stories and find out how you can join our movement of advocacy.