Rebecca Jones; “Standing Just like You” is the title of a remarkable new video released in Ottawa last week. It was produced by Community Living Parry Sound as part of a provincial project initiated by professionals to ask communities to consider how they react to people with developmental disabilities.
How people, with or without a disability, react to people with ‘disabilities’ is a complex question requiring an honest and compassionate look inside oneself. Rebecca Jones video is remarkable as it documents the process of how a depressed young woman living with Cerebral Palsy becomes a vital woman with hopes and dreams and the skills to realize them. In this video Becky allows viewers to witness her personal transformation in the hopes that they will begin to see her and themselves, in a new light.
Becky says Person Directed Planning made a huge difference in her life. “It’s helped me so much to become more independent and helped me realize I can do anything I want to do”. She wants the support she received to be available to whoever needs it and says “It will teach them to break down the barriers because they are just like everybody else”.
One of Becky’s dreams is to become a public speaker to express her ability to think about living with a disability in ways that are far beyond the conventional box that typically people with disabilities are kept in. The video may be viewed on CLPS’s new website at: clps.ca/people-people/person-directed-planning/