I was recently listening to the Podcast “This American Life” and was struck by the very question that I keep asking of advocates with regards to intellectual disabilities. We are told over and over again that “evidence shows” yet have these advocates really looked at the evidence or are they just taking on faith what they have heard and have believed it?
Questions asked are “how do we know it’s true?”, “what is the proof of it?” “how much have you accepted without evidence?”
“Sometimes there’s a thing that you think you know, even though, right in front of you, staring you in the face, is clear evidence to the contrary.” There are also the issues of denial and deceit at play when censorship of opinions and experiences are practiced.
I’m keeping this here as a reminder to myself and others that things may not always be as they seem to be. We cannot take things for granted and assume. Just because someone says something and has an air of authority, it does not mean they are right, just, ethical or moral.