Moral Obligation & Responsibility

Written by Heather J. Tait

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If you see a piece of trash onrepparttar ground, if you can, pick it up. If you find someone’s wallet, return it. If you see someone wanting to get in front of you in a line of traffic, allow it. Participate inrepparttar 132342 world you live in by responding to it and being active. All too often we turn our backs onrepparttar 132343 people involved around us. Or even worse, we don’t accept our own personal moral responsibility. We assume other people will pick up for us or will cover our mishaps.

Think about your involvement inrepparttar 132344 world. Think about your daily consumptions. Are you conservingrepparttar 132345 environment or simply consuming? Think about what differences you can make on a personal level to enact a change. Become informed about products or foods you use. Get involved with organizations or causes that you believe in. Most important get your family involved too. It our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and be aware of our involvement within those surroundings. Chances are you will discover each one of us has more power to make a change than we choose to exhibit.

Artist and Inspirational Writer Heather J. Tait began her career as a professional artist back in 1997 in Morgan Hill, CA. Her work and articles are displayed internationally. She is also the founder of Silence Speaks International Artist Association and the Editor of Intrigue Magazine. She has also been inducted into the 2004-2005 Who’s Who Among American Women. Email: Silence Speaks

How To Get To Know a Disabled Person

Written by Stephen Michael Kerr

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3. Offer assistance when necessary. You see a woman in a wheelchair having trouble entering a building or negotiating steps. You'd like to help, but don't want to embarrass her. What should you do?

It's usually appropriate to lend a hand if someone is having obvious difficulty, but keep in mind that not everyone will be willing to accept your help. It's not much different than pulling over and offering assistance to a motorist with a flat tire. Unlessrepparttar woman inrepparttar 132341 wheelchair is in danger, it isn't necessary to pressrepparttar 132342 issue if they refuse your help. You did your part.

4. Remember that we all have obstacles to overcome. No matter who we are, each of us has a weakness or challenge to face. How do you feel when you are treated differently for being bald, short, or heavyset? Like you, a disabled person would much rather be accepted for who they are, rather than be pitied or shunned because of a disability. Many friends and colleagues have said to me, "I often forget that you are blind." To me, that isrepparttar 132343 ultimate compliment.

Meeting someone with a disability doesn't have to be an intimidating experience. Asking questions, offering assistance, and putting yourself in their shoes can go a long way toward recognizing them as people with normal thoughts and feelings who just happen to have a disability. Who knows? You might make some new friends inrepparttar 132344 process.

Stephen Michael Kerr is the publisher of Adaptive Sports & Recreation, a free ezine devoted to sports for people with disabilities. To read previous issues, visit:

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