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Can One Person Make a Difference

Attending a conference on disability advocacy this past week has given me hope that, yes, one person taking action can make a difference in whatever causes he or she supports. I will write more on this later, but a little food for thought for tonight. As I am generally on my soapbox for one cause or another while sometimes it seems fruitless, a speaker this morning left me with an encouraging thought.
One person can change the opinion of a few others. If these people pass it on to a few more, and so on and so on, yes, one person can start a wave that could ultimately lead to a change in social thinking. Merely sitting at home emailing others can be the fodder of a beneficial overhaul of societal norms.
After the workshop, I had a couple minutes to speak with the speaker privately. I told him about my work and especially my latest endeavor of a children’s book on disabilities. He wisely pointed out that children are not born prejudiced, but it is a learned behavior. Catching children young, before discriminatory behaviors are learned is an idea he fully embraced and supported.
Just a short update, but will write more on this subject, soon.

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