DISABILITY

The word disability means a decrease of a person’s ability. But it also means a redistribution of abilities and the ability to adapt to that. It all depends on one’s attitude and perception of life. Every person with a disability has not only one but many other abilities. All that it takes to bring that special ability to the surface its just a bit of strenght and support. Disability, whatever form it may take, touches us all any moment of our lives.

www.ladiscapacidad.com

This website is not about disability, it is about life. It is about leaving behind us the worst disability of all: the lack of ability to love each other without any conditions. It is about that lack of ability to help, to accept differences, and that terrible ability we tent to have that make us discriminate people because they specific circumstances.

This website aims to create a place where people of all abilities and those who want to help to change the reality of people with disabilities, express their opinions. We want to build up a society where everyone is responsible for the other, where egotism doesn’t exist. The website pretends to be a source of information or just a place to share experiences to create an inclusive world.

Please accept our invitation to participate. To share your story, your thoughts your experience. Tell us about yourself and let us tell you about us. This is our space and we want it to be yours. Welcome.

FUNDACIÓN UNICORNIO

FUNDACIÓN UNICORNIO

FUNDACIÓN UNICORNIO

We are an international non-profit organisation dedicate to promote respect and acceptance of people of all abilities, including those living with disabilities.

We Believe that:

Every person is unique, special and with unlimited potential regardless their physical abilities

Every person is intelligent, and has the potential to develop that intelligence to be independent and active member of our community

Every body deserves to be respected

The theory of multiple intelligences

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults


Dr. Gardner says that our schools and culture focus most of their attention on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. We esteem the highly articulate or logical people of our culture. However, Dr. Gardner says that we should also place equal attention on individuals who show gifts in the other intelligences: the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and others who enrich the world in which we live. Unfortunately, many children who have these gifts don’t receive much reinforcement for them in school. Many of these kids, in fact, end up being labelled "learning disabled," "ADD (attention deficit disorder," or simply underachievers, when their unique ways of thinking and learning aren’t addressed by a heavily linguistic or logical-mathematical classroom. The theory of multiple intelligences proposes a major transformation in the way our schools are run. It suggests that teachers be trained to present their lessons in a wide variety of ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, inner reflection, and much more (see Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom). The good news is that the theory of multiple intelligences has grabbed the attention of many educators around the country, and hundreds of schools are currently using its philosophy to redesign the way it educates children. The bad new is that there are thousands of schools still out there that teach in the same old dull way, through dry lectures, and boring worksheets and textbooks. The challenge is to get this information out to many more teachers, school administrators, and others who work with children, so that each child has the opportunity to learn in ways harmonious with their unique minds (see In Their Own Way).

The theory of multiple intelligences also has strong implications for adult learning and development. Many adults find themselves in jobs that do not make optimal use of their most highly developed intelligences (for example, the highly bodily-kinesthetic individual who is stuck in a linguistic or logical desk-job when he or she would be much happier in a job where they could move around, such as a recreational leader, a forest ranger, or physical therapist). The theory of multiple intelligences gives adults a whole new way to look at their lives, examining potentials that they left behind in their childhood (such as a love for art or drama) but now have the opportunity to develop through courses, hobbies, or other programs of self-development (see 7 Kinds of Smart).Source: http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm

Translated by Juanita Miranda a colombian friend in Australia http://www.encompass-cs.org.au/_home.asp

ALAN CONWAY AND HIS DOG PERKINS

ALAN CONWAY (LIFE´S EXPERIENCES)



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My name is Alan Conway. I was born in Saskatchewan, an agricultural province in western Canada. My home town is Saskatoon, the second largest city, so although agriculture is important to the area, I had all the advantages of living in an urban setting. I have been blind since birth. My older brother and younger sister are not disabled.

Canada is a very large country and schools for blind children do not operate in every province and territory. That meant that my parents were faced with the decision to send me to a specialized school approximately 3,500 kilometres from home. I graduated from the W. Ross MacDonald School in 1971. After returning home to complete my studies, I attended the University of Saskatchewan from 1972 to 1976, when I graduated with a B.A. with high honours in French Literature.

From September 1976 to November 1980, I completed my master’s degree in translation at the University of Montreal. In September 1981, I began working as a translator for the Government of Canada. I was later successful in competing for an interpreter’s position and in October 1984, I got the job I still hold.

My first guide dog, a black Labrador named Dana, came into my life in May 1979, while I was still a student. She was with me until approximately one month before her twelfth birthday.

I was fortunate that we had good access legislation in Quebec when I got Dana, but even when the legislation exists, we still have to be firm in insisting on the respect of our access rights. Dana was that unforgettable first dog. She helped me get around Montreal when I was a student and when my work, or personal travels took me elsewhere, she was ready and willing to work.

Maestro, my second dog, began working in June of 1989. He did everything Dana did for me, and more. At the time, I was considering the possibility of doing simultaneous interpretation from Spanish to English. I therefore decided that after taking several language courses, it was time for total immersion. Maestro was with me when I went to Mexico for the six-week course. I am absolutely certain that he helped teach many people about guide dogs and their work, but Mexico was also the first place where I had more serious access problems. Getting a taxi was never a serious problem, as long as I made sure that I telephoned to let the company know that my guide dog was with me, but taking him elsewhere often depended on the good will of others and was almost always subject to some kind of negotiation beforehand. I was unsuccessful in passing the interpretation examination, but I met many wonderful people and had experiences I will never forget.

In March of 1999, Maestro retired after almost ten years of loyal service. Like Dana, he accompanied me when I interpreted debates in both houses of our Parliament and put his heart into everything he did, even when winds and heavy snow made his work difficult.

Perkins is my first golden retriever. His temperament is very different from my other dogs, and although I could certainly fill many pages with the funny things he has sometimes done, I also know that he will be well behaved wherever I take him.

I have never played music professionally, but I enjoy playing folk, country and bluegrass music on my twelve-string guitar. I am involved in several associations of blind people and I welcome the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences and help out whenever I can.