Creating access as a disabled person

Diane Dillon
Posted December 6, 2021 from Canada

I used to be able to walk few miles , dance, run etc and a series of misadventures including being a victim of violent crimes and car accident altered and changed my life. I am disabled and found the change a challenged as well as loss of mobility abd freedom.

My journey taught me a great deal, I attended university and college with other disabled people

and realised there were still possibilities in spite of any limitations. I became the director at large of human rights coalition for 7 years and studied law to find out how the sytems works .I attended court proceedings many times as a witness and also a victim. I learned from lawyers and court workers many things that helped me deal with cases that were conflicting and challenging.

This all started in 2009 and I founded a social justice organization called STANDING TALL. I recruited like minded people of all ages and we worked tirelessly and voluntarily to assist others.

I started to create access to goods and services for disabled people plus helped with human rights isues and court cases. This work as been a learning process since 2009 and people from all over seek out my help. 

This work is very rewarding to see the lives of others improve and find some sense of JUSTICE.

I am now 72 and still working at this ,I have clients routinely and its a wonderful process.

This story was submitted in response to Disability Justice.

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Diane Dillon
Dec 06, 2021
Dec 06, 2021

I hope to do this work as long as I live

Jill Langhus
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 08, 2021

Hi Diane,

How are you doing? What an inspiring, short story, dear. Keep up the great work. I'm glad you found your calling and that you're able to make such a difference in so many lives. XX

Beth Lacey
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 08, 2021

You have made a valuable life for yourself and others

Diane Dillon
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 08, 2021

The hardest part for me is loss of mobility and to accept that, i have home support each day in morning helping me get dressed and things I cant do anymore but I turned my pain and dissapointment into fuel towards injustice

Marge Obligacion
Dec 10, 2021
Dec 10, 2021

Salute to you Diane Dillon!

Your courage to persevere is very inspiring! I hope you can share too how you overcame the challenges of your disability. I am asking this because in one of my interviews with a PWD organization, some who became PWDs from accidents do have a difficult time accepting what happened to them.

Diane Dillon
Dec 10, 2021
Dec 10, 2021

Things that helped are good friends that stand by you and fight along side you. also animal therapy I rescued 2 small dogs that filled my life with love laughter and purpose, also there are university and college programs in BC free and disabled can take those programs and graduate.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 12, 2021
Dec 12, 2021

Dear Diane,
How good to hear from you and to know more of your background, and work past and ongoing. All the best to you, Canadian sister.

REV DR GERALD J OLSESKI JR
Dec 15, 2021
Dec 15, 2021

Your amazing.
Thanks for sharing your story.

Grace Iliya
Dec 21, 2021
Dec 21, 2021

Hello Diane,
Wow! this line "I realised there were still possibilities in spite of any limitations" works magic.
I believe STANDING TALL has impacted lots of lives. For the fact that you are still this active at 72 is quite an inspiration. More grace to you.

Much Love

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