In the television show Speechless the writers, directors, and producers are showing you the glorious side of a person “JJ” with a disability which is Cerebral Palsy. I know and understand that Micah Fowler is just an employee of ABC broadcasting system. Micah Fowler does a good job as an actor portraying the character of “JJ”.
Cedric Yarbrough has done an excellent job as an actor portraying the role of a caregiver, personal attendant.
The truth of the matter is, the fact that real life is different!!
Recently I went to board a public transit bus in my Quickie QM-710 power chair. Whenever I was boarding the bus I noticed that the passengers were getting up out of the wheelchair securement area of the bus, except for one passenger this passenger refused to get up out of the wheelchair securement area of the bus. The bus operator asked this passenger to please get up two different times. The passenger refused to get up out of their seat and they also block the aisle of the bus. This passenger has the right not to get up out of their seat. The bus operator handled this situation in a very business, professional manner. I explain to the bus operator that I would wait for the next bus. The operator was very surprised and asked me if I was kidding, I told the operator that I was not kidding.
The paid employees of Westside Regional Center are not used to communicating with the client. The employees are used to communicating with the caregivers, personal attendance of the client.
When caregivers, personal attendance find out then I have cognitive skills, the ability to think and figure out things for myself. They do not want to work with me.
The second caregiver that I had was sent out from Westside Regional Center. As in my story that I wrote back around [March 19, 2014] or after. This caregiver was told that I could not communicate or feed myself. I introduced LaJoyce my caregiver to Amanda the team member of Wendy’s. LaJoyce turned to me and asked me if I know this lady, I said yes. LaJoyce turned around and threw her hands up in the air and walked away. When LaJoyce and I went back to my house, LaJoyce told me that her job was to feed me and teach me how to communicate. LaJoyce told me that my house is dirty and I need to hire someone to clean it up. I explained to LaJoyce that my eBay business was very slow and I did not have enough money to hire someone to keep my house clean. LaJoyce was very surprised whenever she found out that I have cognitive skills, the ability to think for myself.
Micah Fowler was given a contract to sign, script to follow before he started acting as “JJ” in the show “Speechless”.
LaJoyce was told that I could not feed myself or communicate. Westside Regional Center did not provide me with a script to follow or tell me how to act or what game to play, When a caregiver, a personal attendant is sent out to my house.
I really enjoy writing about situations like this. What I would really like more is to get paid for writing about things like this.