I'd be a poor excuse for an occupational therapist if I don't do ANYTHING about it. Every time we introduce our profession, we always say that one of our goals as occupational therapists is to "help people go back to doing the activities that are meaningful to them." Doing so entails so much more than having therapy sessions a few times a week. In the greater scheme of things, if we truly want to enable PWDs, advocacy is the way to go.
Anyway, here's the infamous post if you haven't read it yet (or in case it gets taken down):
"So gagraduate na ako this year 3rd term haha sa WAKAS! Pero bago yun may gusto sana akong i-share na tip para sa mga sumasakay ng LRT/MRT everyday.
Unbelievable. Whoever posted this should get their head checked (and everybody else who thought this was a stroke of pure genius).
No wonder the PWD sector remains as it is. Opportunists like them, those who take advantage of other people's circumstances to get ahead, do not deserve respect. So you stand in line in ages, poor you. Imagine what standing in the same line means for a person who actually has a limitation. You think you're so smart, so ingenious for coming up with this LIFE HACK? Do you really think you should be lauded and admired for this? Ask someone with a disability what they think of your great idea.
And to think you're just a few months away from graduating? Wow. Just wow.
As someone who aspires to become part of the rehab profession, it is disheartening to encounter people like these who would deliberately go out of their way to further incapacitate those who already have a hard enough time as it is. Every day in our profession, we struggle to provide for PWDs the kind of life they deserve, the right to a life that is as meaningful as the rest of ours. For every step we take in the right direction, these instances set us two steps back.
And those who keep encouraging ideas like these? FOR SHAME. Condoning this kind of behavior is one thing, but encouraging others to do the same? That’s a whole new kind of low I wouldn’t expect from a school of your caliber. My brother goes to DLSU-Manila and I always thought people who go there learn at least a thing or two about common decency. I stand corrected (well, at least about these people. I do not believe all Lasallians act this way. I shudder to think if that’s the case.).
And to the person who commented that the negative comments are from UP-Manila PT students, don't you think any DECENT human being for that matter would see the injustice in this whole picture? You don't have to be a PT or an OT to think this kind of behavior is nothing more than one privileged non-disabled person capitalizing on the benefits of a PWD.
If you think having a disability entitles you to a perk, I sincerely hope for your sake that you don’t actually become lame or blind or deaf or whatever. God forbid a bastard with a fake limp steal your spot on the MRT/LRT.
Where would be the justice in that, right?