|John D. Kemp|
Contrary to Trump’s belief, the children and adults with disabilities whom we serve at The Viscardi Center and School are empowered and have an incredible sense of self-pride in being girls and boys and men and women with disabilities. They have the same aspirations as their peers and deserve the same fairness, equality and independence. They want political leaders who have character and respect them as individuals.
Trump’s narrow thinking single-handedly has helped to perpetuate the notion that people with disabilities are less capable of meaningful work, that there's some negative connection between having a disability and one's ability to make societal contributions to our nation. This is certainly not what Viscardi exemplifies and not what we, as individuals with disabilities, will tolerate from any candidate, employer or fellow American.
I hope others will join me when it comes time to exercise their right to vote next fall, no matter who the candidate, no matter what the public office to be held. Because if we don’t elect leaders who believe in an inclusive society and have the vision and passion to foster a country where everyone is valued and can succeed, the oops will be on us.