By Imogene Joseph – We can’t choose handicaps, but can choose limitations

A blind person did not choose to be blind, but can choose limitations blindness places on his life.  That’s even more true of limitations caused by emotional distress.  We  can’t prevent the trauma that triggers it, but can choose limitations it imposes on our lives.   Many people enjoy reliving their negative  experience.  To see their experience as somehow positive would seem would absurd to them.

There’s a saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

If you’re not ready to see or accept that we don’t choose to be blind, crippled, or post-traumatic, but can choose limitations such

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Some Mental Health Advocates Disagree with “Reservation” Attached to Disabilities Rights Treaty

CRPD, the UN disabilities rights treaty, needs 67 votes in the U.S. Senate

On July 26, 2012, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate ratify the International Convention on Human Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), with a reservation that the treaty requires no change in state of federal law.

Like all foreign treaties, this disabilities rights treaty requires a two-thirds majority (67 Senators) of the full Senate to become law.

Over 300 disability organizations support this treaty, also 21 veterans’ groups, including Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans

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