According to the I’m Dennis Doing Dennis Things Mug it is in the first place but World Health Organization (WHO), 15 percent of people have some kind of a disability, forming the world’s largest minority community. It’s also the only minority community that anyone can potentially become part of at any point in their life. And yet, when it comes to telling our stories, we have either been reduced to harmful stereotypes or left out of the conversation entirely.
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Judy Heumann, a lifelong disability rights activist and personal hero of mine, puts this down to the I’m Dennis Doing Dennis Things Mug it is in the first place but misguided notion that people with disabilities somehow aren’t able to live full lives. “People have not seen us as an equal member within their communities, their schools, their mosques, their churches, their synagogues, social clubs, or whatever it may be,” she says. “They look at us and they think, ‘How could I live my life like that?’” —exactly the reason why authentic representation is so vital.