Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Week 3

I have just finished the fourth week of my internship in DC. This week I had requested off from work so that I could attend the Nickel Conference on Independent Living. The Nickel  Conference was  oriented toward people with disabilities  in particular youth. The purpose of the Conference was to spread awareness about all different disabilities in an attempt to join people together on a grass roots level. There were several workshops about different topics on disabilities. I went to several workshops. My favorite workshop was  about the fight for independent living. I was surprised to find out that if you feel that you cant take care of your self and you seek help from the State they will simply though you into an institution.  People that simply need a little extra help and that could greatly benefit form  a community  living facility are continually being institutionalized everyday simply because they are not aware of their options and there insurance wont pay for them.  Over the next couple of days I attended a youth mixer, where  I meet people with all different disabilities and shared our personal stories. Nickel had their first youth advocacy meeting. At the meeting we discussed concerns that we shared about discrimination  and public advocacy.  We also went lobbying on the hill and held a disability rights march. On the final day we attended a press conference about disability rights. Overall this week was really packed. I meet a lot of great people and learned a lot about disabilities.

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