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Larry Kubey chapter 6


Chapter 1: Early Life
Chapter 2: School and Friendships
Chapter 3: Work and Life in Community
Chapter 4: Self-Advocacy and Advocating for Others
Chapter 5: SAU1, Board Memberships
Chapter 6: Accomplishments and Inspirations (you are here)

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Chapter 6: Accomplishments and Inspirations

13:50:39:10 - 13:52:47:15

Q. Larry, what do you feel when you look back over your life and your work and your advocacy, what do you feel your greatest accomplishment has been?

A. Uhm I think the greatest accomplishment was well they always use to have.every year they have a staffing report for people with disabilities and they use tothey always use to say atell a person's nameand Iand when they described the personthey say an individual with a disability, but at that time they used the work "MR" so, Iwent in and wrote a letter to the head ofthe "MR" meets department, to Mark Chernoff. And said that I felt it was time to make some changes because it can really hurt people's feelings who have disabilities, and still have to go throughuhmbeing called "MR" when they can be called individuals, as we all are.

13:52:51:10 - 13:53:33:10

Q. What do feel that you would still like to accomplish through your work that maybe you haven't accomplished yet?

A. Uhm I hope to accomplish as much as I can to help in the rightshelp people with disabilitieshave theirday in the sun, so that uhmtheir future will be brighter and happier.

13:53:38:20 - 13:54:16:25

Q. What do you hope to accomplish for yourself personally, is there something that you would like to accomplish in your own life that you have yet to do?

A. Even though I'm already a better person I think I can be a little more, but uhmI've come a long way since I was born, and I'm sure everybodyall others like me are trying to do the samebut let them know that they're not alone.

13:54:20:05 - 13:54:57:00

Q. Who or what inspires you in your work particularly in your self-advocacy work?

A. A lot of people inspire me ain the work that I do in advocacy, Kay, for oneI'm thankful that the organization has someone with great knowledge and wisdom that she has, and she does a great job.

13:55:00:10 - 13:55:39:05

Q. Are there any other inspirations in your life?

A. I think amy biggest influence is Kristin Ahrens from Temple Universityfor getting the movement startedfor people with disabilitiesand I'm really proud of her accomplishments.

13:55:42:15 - 13:56:51:00

Q. What do you think people without disabilities know about people with disabilities?

A. Yes, in fact they shouldI believe they should mainstream.

Q. What does that mean?

A. I mean takeinstead ofI mean, why have just people with disabilities living amongst themselves in a group home when they could have people without disabilities. Let's say alet's say you get a girlfriend andyou want to move the person inthat should be a right because it's in all the Partnership materialthat everybody has the right to choosewho they want to live with.

13:56:58:10 - 13:57:18:10

Q. So, people withpeople who don't have disabilities should, if I understand what you're saying correctly, people without disabilities should know that people with disabilities should have the same rights as they?

A. Yes.

13:57:18:25 - 13:57:35:00

Q. Is there anything else they should know? What should they know about people with disabilities as people?

A. That we all are the samewe're all equaland should be treated that way.

13:57:38:10 - 13:58:52:05

Q. Thank you. Larry, those are all of the questions I had for you today, but I was wondering if there is anything that you would like to add?

A. Let's see, what I could add would be uhm The future can be how you want it. Like my mom use to say before she passed, that my future is hasn't been written yetand that I'm the one who has to write itnot the outside worldnotnot organizations, but it has to come from methat the work for everybodywith disabilitiesand those without disabilitiesbecause we are just as equalas anybody else.

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