There is a pretty good chance you are directly or indirectly connected to the power of disability.
The majority of people are. For starters, one-seventh of the people on the planet have a disability, which makes people with disabilities the largest minority group in the world. When you factor in their family, friends, and allies, which I conservatively estimate as another three in seven, the disability community comprises four-sevenths of the world’s population.
Of all the conditions that bind us together, the experience of disability is the most universal and therefore the most unifying. It’s not just the fact that it touches the majority of people on the planet. It’s that it offers us an alternative to the lone-actor, epic-hero story that abounds. It gives us a story that celebrates our deep connections to each other and to the earth—a story that reminds us that none of us get where we are going on our own and that success doesn’t come from rising above but by rising with.
Read the rest of Al’s post on the Common Good Collective website
Image: Allegra Ricci