Alexander and Elizabeth Low (Nee Easton) were told that my chances of surviving my first night were less than 40 percent. Born in a small hospital in Scotland in 1953, with Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus, my spine was exposed causing, in my case, a dislocated hip and paralysis of the right leg. I was extremely lucky to survive. To this day, I have always felt I survived this and other difficulties such as nearly drowning, a jaws-of-life car accident, sexual abuse, and a stroke for a reason.
Society's treatment of persons, especially female persons, with disabilities, was not outstanding growing up and what people told me about me, would prove to have a lasting effect. Only in my 60's am I realizing that we with disabilities need to "come out" and own our lives, bodies, and minds. Not only can we contribute, but we MUST for all the people coming up behind us.
I applaud and support all the "others" who have found a footing in politics. However, it is just as important that the CA Delegation of the DNC has representation from people with disabilities as it is that our team includes people from the LGBTQ movement, labor, and people of color. Of course, there are other people to support and battles to be won! I am a union member, have grandchildren in public school, and an immigrant. I work hard to do the best for all of these constituencies.
Our able-bodied allies are greatly appreciated, however, we must have an opportunity to represent ourselves in the numbers befitting a population of 60 million, and "be in the room where it happens!"
Yes, it is a difficult office to run for. I am up to the challenge! Although comparatively few people get to vote on this election (only CDP E-Board members) everyone is needed to help get me there! My wish is that many people join me in the myriad things that can and must be done in the next five months!