For far too long I have sat on the sidelines and watched while others have fought for the rights and interests of people with disabilities. I have decided to get off the sidelines and enter the fight to protect the rights and interests of people with disabilities. It is time for me to make a contribution to society and to stop doing nothing.
I am getting involved in disability advocacy through Access to Independence (A2I), an independent living center (ILC) in San Diego and with the help of Rachel Vega, an organizer. Through her I am learning how to be an advocate. I am also getting involved in advocating and educating about assistive technology (AT). I got in to this also through A2I and the help of Maria White, the AT specialist there.
My involvement in disability advocacy will give me a purpose in life and something to be involved with. It also has the potential to help many people, not just myself.