I think the biggest challenges of disability rights is balancing the medical model with the social model and disability vs. ableism, and this is mainly becuase divides the very communities that are seeking awareness. So of course outside of those communities it can be a confusing message. Almost a push pull effect. My view is a more pragmatic one. Life isn't one or the other. What I think really works an help is to normalise difference and try can cut across general assumptions. knowing what to expect isn't always possible or desirable, let the person reveal themselves and be an advocate for themselves.It is difficult for me to specifically advocate for you we don't know each other well, and even if you describe yourself well, making assumptions is just a natural tendency we all have. But I can advocate for you to be your own advocate.
^Aye agreed, for me the most effective tool to date has been education about the medical model of disability and the social model of disability.The historic reasons for their development, their value in their respective fields and the inappropriateness today of the medical model for layman usage.Patience and recognition of tiny steps forward in perspective, never seeking perfection from people, never imposing my own beliefs or values, encouraging the change in perspective in a genuine way. If the person doesnt own the change then it has been a futile exercise, this cant be forced.