The blog of CPWD
March 8, 2010 kicks off the CPWD blog, Living Independently. The Center for People with Disabilities is one of 400 Independent Living Centers in the U.S. and we are committed to equality, civil rights, and social justice. Our mission is to provide resources, information, and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living.
Ultimately, that is the mission of this blog as well. For the first installment we will cover the basics with the hope that you will participate, help others, and be part of the community; both on-line and in the streets.
WHO: Most importantly – YOU. CPWD is organized from the grassroots. Our federal mandate is to be people with disabilities. CPWD will be part of the dialogue, but we expect you to lead it. For too long the medical establishment, caregivers and bureaucrats have spoken for our community. The role of CPWD is to amplify your voice and to work with you for effective self and system advocacy.
WHAT: A relevant discussion of issues that impact people with disabilities locally, statewide and around the country. Every issue impacts the diverse and large community of people with disabilities; there is never a single “disability perspective.” This blog, rather than assume that someone knows the “disability perspective” will welcome all views and be part of a well-rounded discussion.
Information is a key to our community being fully integrated in civic life. CPWD needs your input and viewpoints. As important as information is, it can also be a dead end. Many of us have found, one source of information in the “information age” is rarely enough. The follow-up is essential – “how did that work for you?” – is critical and often forgotten part of building a society that welcomes everyone. Your personal experience is what this blog is about.
WHEN: Constantly updated with current information and viewpoints of people that are close to the issues involved.
WHERE: Boulder and Longmont, Colorado.
WHY: Be part of the discussion! You are the expert. CPWD works to include people with disabilities in each aspect of community life. Although this blog is designed for the web, our goal is not only an on-line community, and the discussion will not replace our responsibility to be part of every facet community life.