For me, Casino night was different this year than in years past having gone from planning and organizing the event last year to solely being a volunteer for the night. The night was a great event that was run flawlessly. I had a great time dealing blackjack and working the bank. What is great about this event is that it is accessible and is a fun night for anyone that attends. I think what has been overlooked a little is the awareness at the event. Hindley Williams gave a great talk about awareness during the middle of the night, but it was unfortunately was not really listened to. I think that awareness should be the key to the event in years to come since how the event is run and how successful it is has been consistent for the last two years. It would be a great time to bring in some awareness having a big captive audience. But I know this is difficult because there is a big crowd. I think in order to shed light on the voices of individuals with different abilities, there needs to be smaller group discussions if not one on one, which is unfortunate. I believe the best time to get to know someone is when you are present to someone in the moment. In my one on one interactions with people and even in small group discussions, that is when I have felt like I have been been able to really get to know someone’s perspective and where they are coming from. What I have learned in those situations is perspective and how to approach new situations when I am meeting new people because those opportunities help you to be more open. And when you are more open, you have the ability to learn what it means to be a human being and who you are as a human being.
Blog #5 Perspectives of Individuals with Disabilities