Join us for a discussion with Maria Matzik the Education and Advocacy Specialist over at the Access Center for Independent Living, Inc. on the importance of being an involved advocate in your healthcare. The better a patient is represented and understood, the better they can be treated.
1 CEU Credit to attendees who are Licensed Social Workers (LSW), Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW), Social Work Assistants (SWA).
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Maria has been a Disability Rights advocate (local, state & national) for over 30 years. She has been a self-advocate for as long as she can remember. Maria has participated in over 28 state and national committees advocating for home and community-based services.
Maria is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Currently, Maria is the Education and Advocacy Specialist at the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton. Maria has been employed by the Access Center for more than 20 years.
In Maria’s personal life she lives in her own home, owned by her and her partner of 26 years. They both share a passion for animals, cooking and the disability rights movement. Maria is a consumer of the Ohio Home Care Waiver program. She is currently enrolled on the MyCare Ohio Dual Eligible program through Molina.
Though the old stereotypes still exist, I am here to tell you that people with disabilities are productive citizens, tax-payers, parents, spouses, and even your employer given the appropriate services and resources to achieve our maximum independence. I have a job, a wonderful partner, beautiful kitties, great friends, own an accessible home, own a wheelchair accessible vehicle, and pay taxes.
Most people view “disability” as an “illness” or a “condition”. It is just a natural part of life for most of us. I don’t have to think about what my needs are – I know my needs just like you know yours. The difference is that most people perform their own tasks and I cannot. I have to think about who will perform my tasks and how. I have always trained all of my providers, both licensed and non-licensed. I have trained all my providers to do everything from moving me correctly to changing my tracheostomy.
People with disabilities are resilient individuals with a passion for life and a drive to succeed. Most non-disabled individuals will never, and could never, endure the oppression, segregation, discrimination, humiliation, ignorance and pain that individuals with disabilities face throughout their entire lives. We are constantly having to prove our worth and value to a society that values physical independence, wealth, beauty and success. It is time that society, and even some of our best intended advocates, stop trying to paint a picture by using our inabilities and our financial drain on society.
Remember: The Disability Culture is the only culture that anyone can enter at any time!