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Kathy Flaherty @ConnConnection
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If you haven’t read this yet, I suggest you do. If you’re part of #DisabilityTwitter, it’s likely these are lessons you’ve already learned. Despite the fact that I’ve been in this game a long time, I still sometimes worry about being liked. 1/?
2/? It’s really only in the last couple of years that I’ve realized that being overly concerned about whether people like me or not only serves to elevate my frustration with the world and make me a less-effective advocate.
3/? That does not mean I go out of my way to be an asshole or rude. However, it *does* mean that I am going to refuse to engage in bullshit debates based on “what-aboutism”s
4/? I will listen as respectfully as I can - or read your reply tweets, as the case may be - but there are several fundamental things I refuse to concede. Among those is respect for ALL people’s legal rights to make decisions about their lives.
5/? One of the most challenging things about being a disability rights lawyer representing disabled clients is one of the most challenging thing about being ANY kind of lawyer representing ANY client: the client retains ultimate decision-making authority
6/? It is NOT a lawyer’s job to control a client or make decisions about things that impact the client’s life. It is a lawyer’s job to advise, to counsel, to inform the client of the likely outcomes of various ways to proceed
7/? But guess what’s NOT my job? Making the decision. For better or for worse, I have personally experienced many of the challenges faced by @CTLegalRights clients - I’ve been civilly committed to a psych hospital, I’ve been forcibly medicated, I’ve been subject to seclusion.
8/? I’ve had excellent legal representation; I’ve had what I consider less than zealous advocacy. At times, I’ve represented myself (and we all know what THAT means.) That experience informs how I do my job. One thing I know for sure?
9/? That all of us at @CTLegalRights are dedicated to one thing - and one thing only - zealously advocating for the expressed preferences of our clients. That is our job.
10/10 Was seriously not intending this thread to turn into a plug for @CTLegalRights - however, if you enjoyed this thread, please check out our website at and learn more about us.
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