Assignment #4: Project
Suggested Interview Guidelines
The purpose of this assignment is to act as an “ally” to reduce “ableism”. In order to understand the impact that “ableism” has on an individual, it is beneficial to learn first hand about the kinds of prejudice and discrimination that people with disabilities face. A person with a disability is the real expert on the issues that affect their lives. After considering their experiences, it is then that you become aware of your own role in promoting disability rights – even if it means facing your own subtle beliefs of discrimination.
The interview process should focus on the experiences of the person with the disability. By educating yourself, and by your willingness to learn from someone with an experience of disability, you can align yourself with the community of people with disabilities so that needed change can occur.
The interview process should focus on the individual first and the disability experience second. By staying focused on the individual, you affirm their need for respect, equal treatment, and the right to access societal opportunities without experiencing discrimination.
This interview should be a full 3-5 pages long, double spaced. The interview is easiest to read if written in a narrative format. (Just tell the story). Confidentiality is important, so initials, or first name only is appropriate.
1. Ask the person to tell their story – their history… where they were born, their family situation, educational experiences, adulthood goals, and current living situations.
2. Ask the person about their experiences in society – have they experienced any challenges in accomplishing their goals. What about education? Have they ever been discriminated against? Talk to the individual about