Hi everyone! I can’t believe that there’s only a week left of DCERP! This past week has been my favorite so far. Just yesterday, I attended the ADA celebration in which I helped host a table with the Office of Disability Affairs. Although it was a bit windy, we managed to keep all of our flyers in place with some rocks that my mentor had found! I also had the chance to finally interact with some community members and inform them of resources that may be of interest to them.
Then, on Tuesday, my mentor approached me to ask if I was interested in attending the Tigers game that was happening that night, to celebrate Disability pride month. At first, I was unsure if I should attend since it was last-minute notice and we typically have meetings at that time but then, I came to the realization that it’s not every day you’re given an opportunity like this. For the game, we were given a suite where a variety of leaders from the disability community joined us. I learned all about the jobs they worked and the progress they have made for the disability community. The mayor also came and joined us which was a nice surprise! It was fun getting to know so many different people and telling them about the work I’ve been doing at my site.
Through the time I’ve spent at the ODA, I’ve gained knowledge on the barriers that people in the disability community face. I’ve come to realize that I take many simple things for granted. Although every city has been accessible to me, it isn’t accessible to everyone. A set of stairs may prevent a wheelchair user from leaving their home and a lack of interpreters may prevent a deaf person from understanding their healthcare information. This is why I’m glad to be working with an organization that is working to combat inequalities like these and improve the quality of life for the disabled community. I’m looking forward to the rest of the time I have left as well as staying updated on the progress that’s made after I leave.