WE WILL: expand the ADA to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ and other communities that experience regular discrimination.
Every American should expect their leadership to fight for the right of everyone to participate fully in society. With regular interactions of diverse populations America will continue to develop its own rich culture, expand its empathy, become less conscious of difference and more aware of the implications of our policy and action.
Readers of Andrew Solomon’s book Far from the Tree are challenged to think critically about topics that American culture has traditionally categorized as “disabilities” and/or “life limitations” deafness, blindness, dwarfism, Down’s syndrome, atypical sexual preference.… Most of the writing is based on reflections of interactions or through the direct lens of an individual from any one of the respective subcommunities. Often readers encounter discussions related to “medical advancements” that can or will allow for “better” prenatal testing, therapies that minimize the effects of a condition, or surgeries that alter a person.
Each of these interventions are seemingly done in good faith by well-intentioned individuals until confronted by a member from one of the respective communities in the book with the statement followed by the question: If society believes avoiding or correcting an individual either in utero or during one’s own life is a priority; does that mean my own life was less worth living?
The idea of a limited life devalues everyone. Categorically all lives are worthy living differences make American culture rich and full of inspiration. Leaders must unite society to understand and fighting for individual rights. We must make every effort to validate each unique life. America will celebrate when reasonable accommodations become common place and policy makers choose to make love the cherished value.