Freedom for people with disabilities means the liberty to enjoy things just like everyone else. 

We've made great strides through the disability rights movement, from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to representation issues in media. Things like ramps and disability accessibility almost seem commonplace in this country. But, now there's an ongoing movement to adapt the public arena. Adapting can mean anything to make sure a person with a disability can get around. In that spirit of liberty, we introduce our new theme this month: Freedom.

We'll take a look at places that are currently adapting to increase freedom for people of all abilities. We'll see how artists and those in the public area are contributing to this dialogue through representation and their own creations. We'll honor some of the people who've come before us to secure our private liberties. We'll highlight our continuing fight for the same opportunities and equal rights as everyone else. In this way, our possibilities become ours to choose, not limited by our constraints. That is true freedom.

So, whether it's getting around, fighting for rights, honoring the freedoms we have, or just doing things we couldn't do before, we're doing it here. Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy all the freedoms they can. For me, I feel free when I paint, because I'm expressing myself and moving around. Using every opportunity to exercise freedom is just what this country is all about! And that includes our freedoms, as people with disabilities. We have a lot to be grateful for. But, they're freedoms we've earned.

From the ADA to mainstreaming to making our businesses and getting around town, we're covering it. Most importantly, we wanna hear what freedom means to YOU and all people with disabilities and friends around Ohio. Comment in this Facebook post (www.vsao.org/facebook). Art is about creation, and you can't have creation without freedom. As Francis of Assisi said: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” with each new opportunity we take, freedom can grow for everyone. Hope you're FREE to watch all our posts this month!

photograph of a woman on the beach with her arms spread wide, sitting in a wheelchair

Image is a woman in a wheelchair on a beach, her arms spread wide. I thought this person looked very free. 

*Image is from the Internet, connected to an Australian article about best beach wheelchair destinations.