Dignifying Persons with Disabilities, Everyone

03 December 2016


"When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary

When troubles come, and my heart burdened be

Then, I am still and wait here in the silence

Until you come and sit awhile with me.

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You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains

You raise me up to walk on stormy seas

I am strong when I am on your shoulders

You raise me up to more than I can be."

            ~ from You Raise Me Up

               Brendan Graham & Rolf Lvland (2002)

"I can fly higher than an eagle,

For you are the wind beneath my wings."

            ~ from Wind Beneath My Wings (1982)

               Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley

This December 2016 Season of Light is a time to celebrate 18 years of gathering thousands of human success stories of good communication and relationship-building -- raising up one another.
Light shines on these acts of creating a "Culture of Connection" preserved for posterity in 700 resource-rich documents at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm

We are also reminded of our daily, personal power to diminish and disable another human being or people.
Let us avoid closing our ears, minds, and hearts in ways that drive one another into painful -- even crippling -- despair and toward desperate acts that disable relationships and further divide us.

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Today, December 3rd, is International Day of Persons with Disabilities -- http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
This global observance encouraged by the United Nations since 1992 reminds us to understand and respect the physical, emotional, social, and economic challenges of fellow human beings.

Our great, shared, daily imperative is to listen carefully to their stories, respond to their needs, assure their equal rights, and provide them with opportunities.
We further dignify them -- and ourselves -- by increasing public awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of social, economic, and cultural life on Earth.

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Africa and Africans provide some of the most dramatic, instructive examples of inviting, including, hearing, and dignifying persons with disabilities.
These modern-day African connectors are emerging from roots in earlier, formative face-to-face Dialogue experience.

1. Including Persons with Disabilities in Democratic Republic of Congo (western)
2. Including Persons with Disabilities in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
3. Including Persons with Disabilities in Democratic Republic of Congo (eastern)
4. Music: "We Are the World"

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Including Persons with Disabilities in
Democratic Republic of Congo (western)

A.  Albino ~ Non-Albino Reconciliation

B.  Dignifying Citizens with Physical Handicaps

C.  Including and Dignifying Non-Hearing Citizens

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Including Persons with Disabilities in
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

A.  Albino ~ Non-Albino Reconciliation in southern Cote d'Ivoire

B.  Albino ~ Non-Albino Reconciliation Workshop in Bouake, northern Cote d'Ivoire

C.  Albino ~ Non-Albino Dialogue Reconciliation in Yamoussoukro-Toumodi, northern Cote d'Ivoire

D.  Humanizing & Integrating Persons with Physical Handicaps in Cote d'Ivoire

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Including Persons with Disabilities in
Democratic Republic of Congo (eastern)

A.  Albino ~ Non-Albino Relationship Building and Radio Broadcast Education

B.  Albino ~ Non-Albino Dialogue in Uvira

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We Are the World

by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie

8-min music video


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This message is on the Web at http://traubman.igc.org/messages/701.htm
Hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm