Why Do For One

New York City is loved for its fast-paced life, with its busy streets, theaters, restaurants, museums, and workplaces. One of the most exciting places in the world, it can also be one of the loneliest and most challenging.

Of the 8.4 million inhabitants in this great city, it is estimated that over 500,000 people have some kind of serious disability that requires significant dependence upon the Human Service System. 

Henri Nouwen wrote, “In our society, we consider the upward move the obvious one while treating the poor cases who cannot keep up as sad misfits, people who have deviated from the normal line of progress.” 

Consequentially, People with disabilities are often ignored and left with no natural way of connecting with people living in everyday community life. While this may seem insignificant at first glance, it is a serious problem. 

 

People with disabilities are often: 

  • Lower in social status than others
  • Involuntarily moved and separated from others
  • Missing out on ordinary life experiences
  • Lacking personal control over their lives
  • Abused and neglected