“No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love,” President Obama movingly said. “No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are, or because they live with a disability.”
Though Keller worked for 44 years with the American Foundation for the Blind, her social concern was far from limited to people with disabilities. “My work for the blind … has never occupied a center in my personality,” she wrote. “My sympathies are with all who struggle for justice.”
Though I’m legally blind, I love watching “Saturday Night Live,” the show that so deftly satirizes politics and culture. But I was appalled when SNL veered from satire into cruelty in a skit ridiculing New York Gov. David Paterson’s blindness.
There are 51 million Americans with disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In this presidential campaign, the candidates have an opportunity to pay more than lip service to our issues. I hope they will seize it.