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When the Occupy Movement first began, I thought it was kind of an interesting concept. People joining together to “take back our democracy and build a new economy”.
As time has passed though…
I have found myself more and more skeptical of its effectiveness and continue to wonder if the ‘99%’ includes people like myself.
If the Movement were successful, would I benefit? Would the world become more accepting and accommodating of people with disabilities?
Or would we be pushed aside, and left to fend for ourselves in an even more undemocratic and economically unbalanced society.
I’ve given these questions a lot of thought. Though I do not feel my life is where I’d like it to be, I’m not sure I want to support a Movement that lacks clear direction and that has not explicitly told me how my life will be any better without the corrupt politicians and money-hungry corporations.
I wonder if Canadians realize that in order for the Occupy Movement to truly succeed we would have to agree to reduce our standard of living…
Maybe I’m wrong, but I really do not see that happening.
I have friends who are huge supporters of the Occupy Movement and feel that this is the beginning of something better, but I do not fully agree.
If we didn’t have the multinational companies such as Apple and Microsoft for example, people like me would not be able to be independent, participate in social media or even work in some cases. Do you really think a “Mom and Pop” shop would choose to invest in creating accessible products for people with disabilities? The products made by the multinationals are already expensive because the target user group is small, so why would a “Mom and Pop” shop choose to take such a risk?
When Steve Jobs passed away in October of this year, many disabled bloggers wrote posts on how he had changed their lives. Without companies like Apple, who have made accessibility out of the box a priority, many of us would not be able to enjoy cell phones that connect us with the world, or even communicate with others independently outside the home.
I couldn’t imagine a world without screen readers, Braille displays and accessible cell phones – could you?
Even though I think it’s wonderful to see people from all walks of life joining together for a ‘united’ cause, I’m not sure, a single person has stopped to think about the repercussions of such a movement succeeding.
I have, and this is why, I am not willing to support The Occupy Movement.