Drisana Levitzke-Gray (Photo: Mamamia Women network)
A few days ago, I attended an event in Sydney where the public met 4 Australians of the Year. All women, all impressive, and all inspiring. However, Drisana Levitzke-Gray stole my heart. The young woman was born in a family with deaf history, but she proudly refuses to see that as an impairment: "We do not lack an ability, we have a different way of experiencing life", "deaf is not a disability but a minority language". For her many others, disability is not a liability but an asset.
In Norway, this is not just a dream but a reality. 72% of employers in the health sector reported employing people with disabilities. Greater knowledge of health problems and disability provide employers in the health sector a more accurate and less prejudiced approach.
In the end, we are all handicap. We are beaten, saddened, failed, and hammered by the harshness of life. But hey, let's try to learn from Drisana Levitzke-Gray, that "happiness is a state of mind", and that "less is more".
Below a piece I wrote for a Vietnamese news on this thought.