I hope all of you have enjoyed some great April Fool’s Day jokes and laughter amid the tough times we are having with the Coronavirus pandemic. Laughter may still be the best medicine! :)
This week’s column is about being tough and staying in the fight during tough times. Please read it carefully and keep plowing forward with the fierce determination, grit and heart that I know you have.
People with disabilities, including many of our staff, all of our board of directors and many who work through SKIL as direct support workers, are tough folks. In fact, we’re some of the toughest people around! Historically, people with disabilities have been ignored, marginalized, overlooked, manipulated, heavily discriminated against and even killed…all because they had a disability. Even in my lifetime, we have had to live our lives in a world that sometimes just doesn’t understand us or want us around.
And we have survived.
Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our entire world has changed, and in an unbelievably short time. We have begun to fight a different kind of enemy, a new virus that is attacking people throughout the globe. We’re struggling to deal with all of the changes coming at us in proverbial tidal waves, wondering if we will continue to survive.
I have good news. We have, and we will!
How will we do it? The same way we have always done it, with the absolute determination and never-say-die motivation we’ve had to accomplish other victories, including long, hard-fought battles like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a wonderful example of ‘winning a fight’ to all people with disabilities. Look it up on your computer or phone and be inspired!
We don’t know yet what the end of the Coronavirus battle looks like. We don’t know how long it may last. But what we DO know is that, so far, we are winning—everyone who reads this column is alive and surviving. Please always remember to keep your common sense in this fight, taking necessary actions and precautions to stay safe and well. And especially--please always know that we love every single one of you. We will continue to serve you as best we can. Please contact us via phone, e-mail or fax if we can be of help.
I love you all,