Some attitudes haven’t changed
On Feb. 22, you had an article about changing attitudes on intellectually disabled people struggling to find work. I believe attitudes have changed for the better. I see people in all kinds of businesses working at the level of their abilities, and many companies are to be commended for hiring good employees.
Unfortunately, some attitudes have not changed in the last 15 years. A woman I know and love is intellectually challenged. After working for the hospital for years, they told her she wasn’t fast enough and let her go. She would have preferred to continue working.
Thirteen years ago, she moved into a high rise. This woman has done well living by herself. She had a good relationship with the first building manager for many years. She had a good relationship with the second building manager for many years. For 13 years she has always paid her rent.
The third manager came to the woman’s building a while back, and she has problems. She was informed that she did not keep her apartment clean enough, and if she did not do better she would be asked to leave. This woman now keeps her apartment cleaner than I do my office. Next she was told her clothes were soiled and had an odor. If she did not do better, she would be asked to leave. Now, her clothes are as clean as anyone I know.
Now this woman is told she will have to leave because she knocked on a neighbor’s door and wanted to talk. She does like to talk. She talks to people in the lobby more than some of them want to talk. Her talking in the lobby interferes with the manager in her office because she talks too loud. No one is allowed to spend too much time in the lobby.
This woman who is well past retirement has to leave her apartment that she has lived in for 13 years. She was told by the manager that there were a lot of good nursing homes she could live in. I know there are good nursing homes in and around Parkersburg. As a pastor, I have visited many of them and know they do a great service for people who need them. The woman I know doesn’t need a nursing home.
Have attitudes for intellectually disabled people changed? Not for some people. Some people think disabled means it’s time for a nursing home.