MyLife InFocus

InFocus Advocacy Consultant

In my short time serving as an InFocus Consultant, I feel like I am being a voice and sharing my voice on a more connected, expanded, and professional platform. My recent spark of inspiration as an InFocus Consultant would be trying to communicate the various ways of interpreting, comprehending, and applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). From my point of view, the documentation’s language is done in a way that is open to interpretation.  For me, that means it is protection for everyone, regardless of where they  stand on the spectrum of disability, whether their disability is cognitive, physical, sensory, or invisible.  The problem is that sometimes our allies don’t know how to look for a personalized solution.  For example, a solution that works for me as Alyssa may not work for Ally; despite the fact that we share the same disability of cerebral palsy.

 

Take a chance on us. If we’re in front of you, we have traveled the route, jumped through hoops, and gone through doors. We are more than willing to earn our spot by our own merits. Just take a chance on us.

Inclusion in the space of advocacy is important because it’s only when a group comes together that multiple problems can be solved. It also goes back to the idea that what works for one person might not work for another. In this community of disability that was institutionalized for so long, we want hope to thrive and we need to thrive, but we need to do it together.

As an InFocus Consultant, I would definitely recommend the InFocus Consultative Services to businesses and organizations because we provide a different perspective. If businesses and organizations know how to look and advocate for the solutions, the world will be a more accessible and inclusive place.

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ALYSSA PICKENS

"IF BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS KNOW

HOW TO LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS,

THE WORLD WILL BE A MORE INCLUSIVE PLACE."