Fri 5 Aug 2005
Today, Monday August 2, 2005 Magi and I went to the Stevens Centre to do our second learning service. We spent two hours there. We had some coffee and food while chatting with some of the members. We have met new members, and we saw some of the members that we had met already a couple of weeks ago. The conversation was mainly over the difficulty of getting a job, and the lack of transportation in Carlisle. Also, we talked about the weekends and how we spent them. This time we got to see a lot of the members, because we were there around lunch time and we got to see the lunch ceremony there. People function there as a family. Each person was in charge of doing something in the cooking.
This time I felt glad to be back, and to be in a place where I could be applying the theory that I have read in the texts we have discussed throughout the semester. I felt really sad to know that people with certain cognitive disabilities have problems finding jobs. I think that as a college student that there should be a solution that institutions would adopt in order to make sure that people with certain disabilities are able to get jobs and function in the society as the “normal”.
The visit this time was interesting, because it was just right after watching the “freak show” in Coney Island, watching the film Freaks, and while reading Geek Love. The interesting part is that I was exposed to thinking of people with certain disabilities as a community. Then, I started thinking of who is considered as a “normal” person that sense. It reminds me of Lennard J.Davis’s argument about what it means to be disabled. He mentions that a disabled person is the one who does not fit in the norms of the community around them.