Sunday, 26 July 2015

When "less is more"

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.

1 comment:

  1. Last week, I happened to read an English textbook. It uses the word "challenged" for the meaning to the person with handicaps, not using the word "disabled" as I learned before. I was so impressed. It is not "disable", but, yes, it's just "challenge". I also felt the positive change of perspective in native English speaking society towards the people of that group. They are only a bit different from many of us in doing things and expressing themselves, not more than that. It's the same thing as some have different hobbies than others or some have different beliefs than others.
    The information of Norway with high employment rate of the challenged people is quite encouraging and good example for other societies. I often think that what is good or comfortable to the challenged is still comfortable to the not-challenged as well, just like the universal design in architecture. (That's why it's called "universal", isn't it?)
    The problem is... How can we have the open-minded world to the diversity?


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