Reflecting on the right to a support system

The It’s Our Story Project works to enable people with disabilities to make their voices heard. In the video below, Sherry Darrow, a disability rights activist in New York, reflects on her involvement arguing for legislation promoting the rights of people with disabilities. She recalls becoming angry when seeing the film crew that was present – angry at our society that gives some individuals support systems that empower them to be successful, while leaving others with nothing. Reflecting, Darrow remembers telling them that rather than giving people with disabilities increased access to drugs, “I’m saying we should get help in achieving the things we want to achieve in the world…I should have gotten help in learning to drive, I should get help to prepare myself to apply for jobs, or even to get that clothing that you guys are wearing that lets you walk into an interview and apply for a job.” According to Darrow, it is the support systems often taken for granted that are key to addressing barriers facing people with disabilities.

The It’s Our Story Project is “a national effort to make disability history public and accessible.”

Living Against a Stacked Deck from Sherry Darrow of Long Island, NY is from on Vimeo.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.