“The hard reality is this. All cultures are still injected by the devastating ancient assumption that people with disabilities are not fully human. In too many nations, we are still beggar-outcastes, left to die in the streets. In others, we are segregated in prison like institutions or the back-rooms of ghettos. There is no nation where we have completely equal access to the mainstream of culture. There are still countries where babies with disabilities are abandoned or simply killed. How many of our brothers and sisters with disabilities die each year by murder, suicide or denial of the basic necessities of life? Five million? Fifteen million? Twenty million? Nobody ever bothers to count. We count whales, elephants, tigers and spotted owls, and we protect them. For people with disabilities, we don’t even bother to count the dead!

– Justin Dart, a disabled activist from the US


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