People with disabilities often grapple with the ‘Catch 22’ presented by self-sufficiency
“Most of the things that I have gotten I have gotten through no assistance. So, because I’ve gotten things like a car or putting myself through school or a job – because I’ve gotten things the ‘normal way,’ the normal channels, it makes it really, really extremely hard for me for me to get certain things that are supposed to be granted to me by law. Because that they’ll look at the feats that I’ve accomplished and the things that I’ve accomplished over my life over the years and it’s like, ‘He doesn’t really need it.’ ”
Zarius Walker shares his personal experiences with the “Catch 22” situation of being a person with a disability who accomplished successes without assistance.
- Mindset of being stuck in the middle
- Talking to individuals who know how to fight from the ground up
- Sometimes it just takes one person
- No path is easy for a person with a disability
- The good and bad of being stuck in the middle
- It takes a strong person to be a person with a disability
- It is very challenging but can also be rewarding
- “I want to be great.”
Alabama Care is partially supported by the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (http://www.acdd.org/). The views expressed are not necessarily the views of these organizations.