|First Speaker of the Cities and Disabilities Session|
The fourth speaker was the architect from Brazil. I hung out with her and her husband a lot at the conference. She spoke about work Curitiba had done to improve access, and stressed that changes were being made with participation from the disability community. Throughout our time together, she often stressed this approach -- the social model approach of "Nothing About Us without Us." Nothing should be done on behalf of people with disabilities without the input of people with disabilities. It might have been the translation, but the final speaker, a professor from Seoul, seemed to be a little behind on this approach. She hesitated when talking about consumer driven peer support, as if she was not sure if this was the right philosophy.
|Participants and some of the attendees at Cities and Disabilities Sessions|
I was thrilled and energized to complete the presentation, and felt pretty good about all the work I had put into it, but the day got ever better after the conference sessions. At seven o'clock, we all loaded up on buses lined up outside the hotel and drove down town for a candlelight ceremony recognizing the victims of the April 16 Ferry Disaster in South Korea. Evidently, each
|Candlelight Ceremony on May 17 for Sewol Ferry Disaster|