I needed to be part of a community to fully come to love and accept myself as a person with a physical disability. However, acceptance was not enough. Much change was and is needed to make it possible for all people to participate equitably in a free and open society.
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Facing a Disability – One Person’s Journey
My life as a physically disabled person has become my primary justice issue. My disability is a spinal cord injury and I use a wheelchair to live independently. I was born and raised in Japan and lived in an institution from age 4 to 10 years old. After leaving the institution, I attended a special school for the disabled kids for twelve years. The school was not integrated in that, though I was living at home, I was still segregated from mainstream society.