SPEAKER TO BROADEN PERCEPTION OF DISABILITIES

To the average person, it is almost too easy to overlook an individual with disabilities that may happen to share your path. Perhaps the person in question is compelled to rely on the use of a walker, cane or crutches. Perhaps the person in question is blind or deaf, or is suffering from some form of taxing illness.

The tragic reality of this is by choosing to overlook these people whom you encounter on a daily basis, you are missing out on making lasting and profound friendships.

The good news is Becky Curran, an acclaimed figure in the entertainment and marketing industries who was born as an achondroplastic dwarf, is coming to Bridgewater State University on November 14 to talk to students about broadening their perceptions of people with disabilities.

“I’m passionate about finding a way to change how little people and all people with disabilities are perceived in the media, since the media ultimately influences the opinions of society as a whole,” said Curran on her website, Becky Motivates. “People with dwarfism are able to do everything average height people can.”

Heather Burgess photo
Heather Burgess photo

Rachel Collura, a senior Business Management major, also believes it’s important to treat all people, regardless of disabilities, as equally important and valuable.

“Maybe it’s just the way I was brought up,” said Collura. “When you see someone struggling or needing help I’m not just going to be a bystander. Clearly their capabilities are different, but they’re just like everyone else. Personally I don’t see them as incapable. It’s our job as a society to not make them feel different or like an outcast, because they’re not alone.”

In addition to challenging all students to refrain from judging others with disabilities, Curran will also talk about maintaining a positive attitude when you are the person with a particular type of disability.

 

“Real disabilities come from attitudes,” said Curran on her website. “All of us, even those without any type of legally-accepted or visible disability, can fall prey to self-defeating thinking by focusing on what we can’t do and comparing ourselves to others.”

Taylor Tavares, a freshman Business Management major, said she believes it will be important for people without disabilities to hear Curran speak.

“I feel like people are so quick to judge,” said Tavares. “I feel like having a speaker here would be good for people who don’t have disabilities. It will help them be more aware of people around them. It will make them not be so quick to judge. I feel like people can learn from people with disabilities. You can learn so much about being tolerant and patient from people who have autism, for instance.”

The event will be held in the Library Heritage Room at 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Sekkes is a Comment living-arts writer. Email her at esekkes@student.bridgew.edu. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related

RFK Jr Announces Running Mate

Robert F Kennedy Jr., son of Bobby Kennedy, the former attorney general and senator and brother to JFK, announced his independent candidacy on October 9, 2023. While he was previously known for his work as a fierce environmental lawyer fighting large companies, in more recent years he has become infamous for his anti-vaccine views, regularly […]

Collapse of Baltimore Bridge Constructs Conspiracy

In the early morning hours of March 26, the cargo ship Dali struck Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge when leaving the harbor. The ship was bound for Sri Lanka when at 1:24 a.m., it experienced a power failure. The crew reported the power failure, causing authorities to stop traffic from crossing over the bridge. The […]

Former CT Senator Joe Lieberman Passes at 82

Joseph Lieberman (he/him, I-CT), known for serving Connecticut in the U.S. Senate for 24 years and switching parties during his last term, has passed away at age 82. His passing follows his selection as the the first Orthodox Jewish vice president nominee of a major party in 2000. The founder of the No Labels party […]

ISIS Attack in Moscow Raises Terror Concerns Internationally

Russia sustained the deadliest terror attack on their country in the past twenty years on March 22, 2024. The attack took place inside the Crocus City Hall, a concert venue where 144 concertgoers were brutally killed. Multiple gunmen were spotted in eye-witness video footage entering the concert hall dressed in camouflage clothing (Reuters). The gunmen […]