Thursday, March 13, 2008

(the new) New York Governor David Paterson

From today’s press conference in response to a reporter’s question on becoming the state’s first black governor and its first legally blind one: 


“In some ways I feel that I’m sitting on a sand castle that other people built … if it in any way allows for African-Americans or those who are disabled – 71 percent of the blind are unemployed, 90 percent of deaf people in this country are unemployed. Maybe one of them could figure out a cure for cancer, but we can’t get them into the workplace. The educational proficiency of the disabled surpasses the national education average, and yet we have these horrible unemployment rates in those communities. So to whatever extent my presence impresses upon employers, or impresses upon younger people who are like me in either way … – then I would feel very privileged, very proud and very flattered to be in this position.”


(the new) New York Governor David Paterson



Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer

non-caregiver musings:


  1. wow i didn't know this


  2. I bet he does a splendid job governing that state and hope other employers see it is possible to hire a disabled person who is capable of doing a great job



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