They can learn through keeping their positions unwavering. I believe this would be the biggest axiom that I can teach and pass on.
Being a deafblind person, experiencing all the communication barriers, it is crucial to keep my positions. The communicative barriers constantly put the deafblind people in the center of the hurricane. Being in this place, the “winds” and the “interests” are strong. In this gale, we the deafblind people, are in an enormous disadvantage-fragility . It is at this moment that we must have a strong position to refrain the “gale” and above all, to refrain the seductive invitations that the agents of manipulation constantly offer. Keeping my positions, for sure, will give me more consistency to a new learning as in “My steps for development” – www.agapasm.com.br/english_34.asp.
Exactly! Society is not tolerant and democratic because it is still far – far away – in issues regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities. Real inclusion for me means: Respected rights and duties that we must respect, primarily in the individual field, and then, in addition to inclusive individualities, the collective inclusion arises. It is in this sense that for me the world is turning to collapse. Society reversed the process. Today there is much talk about groups and collective as if these spheres were made of “ghosts”. What is a group or collective that does not know their rights and duties (submissive individuals)? It is a subordinate group or collective. And what is a group or collective that knows its rights and duties (individual active)? It is an independent group or collective.
Keeping the mind politicized to question the surrounding reality. Writing and publishing reflections on these questions. Developing lectures and participating in national and international congresses on subjects of daily life of people with disabilities in general, and deafblind people in particular.
Truly, alternative journalism is central to our struggles, aswell as social networks are. I am not going to hide the reality here: Alternative journalism is what most supports us. Alternative journalism is effective. It gives us more visibility and opportunities. Alternative journalism is highly inclusive. Conventional journalism, on the other hand, does not support us. It is very sad to open a newspaper of great circulation in Brazil and to observe pages, pages and more pages highlighting the notorious corruption, highlighting the daily of the drug dealing and the murders. However, it is rare to find something, a highlight on the overcoming and achievements of a person with a disability. This is discouraging.