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Disability Pride Month on The #UNBREAKABLE Mixshow

I was born with a disability. I’m 50 years young and I didn’t even realize there is a Disability Pride Month! Whaaaat?

In this episode of The #UNBREAKABLE Mixshow I talked about it. You can watch the clip below.

I’ll be going into other aspects of Disability Pride Month all month long during July, so be sure to tune into the show EVERY TUESDAY 6-7PM EST. https://listen.tonyjacobsen.com

Full Transcript of the video is below as well.

Music, movement, motiavtion, be unbreakable. So check this out. It is Disability Pride Month. That’s right, Y’all give it up. Now check this out, check this out. I have a disability. And I didn’t even realize that
it’s Disability Pride Month. I mean, that’s how, like kind of rare it is. People don’t celebrate it enough. They don’t celebrate disability pride. And it’s crazy, because you would think that more people would be celebrating it’s been, it’s been like, let’s see, about 30 years that people have been celebrating it. And it’s just not big enough. It’s just not big enough, because not enough people are celebrating it. And that goes for people that are in the disabled community. So I’m one of them. I’ll admit it. It’s all good. Because now I’m celebrating I have a book called disable your disability. If you haven’t read it yet, you got to come and check it out. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not just for if you have a disability, it’s for anybody that wants to get motivated to live the healthy life they deserve. That’s right. So for me, my disability is called osteogenesis imperfecta. And that means brittle bones, fragile bones. So I’ve broken about 70 or 70 times seven zero times throughout my life. I’ve had like 12 surgeries, I got steel rods in my legs, both top and bottom on my legs, and broken kind of all around my body. It’s mostly been in my leg. So it really was It was rough. Yo I was in a wheelchair, I used a wheelchair. When I was a kid I started walking on crutches during my teenage years. And then I started walking without any assistance when I was like 24 years old. So it took me that long before I could actually start walking. But even after that it was crazy because I was afraid of breaking bones. So I didn’t do anything physical. I got in the worst shape of my life over the next 20 years. And then when I turned 40 I’m like, You know what, it’s time to make a change, y’all, I gotta do something. I want to live a healthy life. My disability cannot define me. And it can’t be the reason that I’m disabled. I mean, the reason that I’m not healthy, right? Because most of the time, people that have disabilities feel that they can’t be 100% healthy because of the disability. And I 100% disagree. Okay, now, I didn’t agree, I agreed with it. Before I flipped the switch. Believe me, I felt the same way for many years. I felt like I didn’t deserve it. I was disabled, I had a disability. And I couldn’t be healthy. But I was able to flip the switch. And I did it. And I mean I talk about I talk about all of this in my book, disable your disability, it’s really motivating. It’s inspiring. It’s, you know, it’s a guide book, it has my story in it. But it really is a guide book because when I was done, I was like, You know what, I can teach other people how to do this too. So it’s half my story and half like a how to book with my life to say surefire ways to help you live the healthy life you deserve. So, you know, that’s my story in a nutshell, as far as my disability is concerned. And all these years, check this out. I mean, I’ve had my disability since I was born. And all these years that we’ve been celebrating Disability Pride Month, I didn’t even know that it existed, you know, and it was tough because I didn’t really want to accept my disability for many years, I was very much in denial, you know, I haven’t what’s considered like an invisible disability, when you look at me, you may not know that I have a disability. So I know that a lot of my fellow invisible invisible disability folks feel the same way where you, you know, you’re in denial, and you’re just like, You know what, I don’t have a disability, I don’t want to talk about it. So I lived like that for many years. And it didn’t do me any good, because I still suffered all the consequences. So when I finally realize you, I gotta embrace my disability, it is everything. It is all. It’s not everything, but it is a part of me, I’m not going to be getting rid of it. It’s not a little percentage of me. It’s a big percentage of who I am. But it’s awesome. So that’s where I come from, you know, that’s my mindset when it comes to having my disability and really celebrating it. So I’m excited for Disability Pride Month, because why not celebrate it? Right? Why not celebrate our disabilities? And believe it or not, we all have something, we all have something, there’s a fine line between have not been not having a disability and having a disability, trust me. I mean, people that wear eyeglasses have a disability, you understand that? Just if you have to put on glasses to correct the way that your eyes see. You have a disability, you know, but who classifies that right? So we have to really think about that. And we have to understand we all have something going on as far as a quote unquote, disability. Something maybe that’s like restricting us, but it’s all good because we can all celebrate each other. And we can uplift, uplift each other and encourage each other to get out and live. The most unbreakable life we can with our disability, right? They’re not going to go away some disabilities don’t go away. They can’t be cured. And that’s okay. And that’s what Disability Pride Month is all about. So it started because in July of 1990, July 26, actually a day after my birthday, which is July 25, just so you know, it’s coming up.
So get ready for that. But in July 20, on July 26 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed here in America, the ADEA. And, you know, it was set because they wanted to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities, we needed something like that in this country, because like, believe it or not, everywhere around the world, the disabled community is the biggest minority of any of the minorities that we classify in this world. Because in every other minority, there are disabled people. So we got to remember that, like, one out of four people have a disability. Here in America, I believe that that’s the stat but you would you would, you would probably freak out if you really started to pay attention to who has a disability around you. There are more people with disabilities, okay, than you think. And that you realize, so I want you to just start thinking about look around like, who do you know, who do you know that have disability? Are you? Are you celebrating it? Or are you downplaying it right? And are you trying to make it not exist? That’s a big part of disability pride. That’s a big part of the ADEA. That’s a big part of what we go through as far as getting people to just understand, hey, man, we have disabilities, but it’s okay. We’re normal people. We’re normal people. We’re just like you. There’s things that we may need, you know, and people say, well, there are accommodations there, like special needs. I hate that word. I hate that term. Special Needs, please do not say that to me. Because trust me when I think about my family, and when they say, Oh, the special needs child was Tony, trust me when I tell you I wasn’t a special needs child in my family. Okay. There were, there were some other siblings that had more special needs than I needed, and they didn’t have a disability. I’m gonna just leave that right there. But so look, we don’t have to label it anything. We just got to be normal. It’s got to be normal with a disability, everyone, everyone’s got one. People have a more like severe disability, that might need some other things that they need in their life to be able to just live life to the fullest. So we all got a supply that we all got to give that. Okay. Now trust me, I know that the I know, I know for a fact that like, not every building is going to have ramps, they’re not going to people aren’t going to, I don’t know, okay. Maybe someday in the future. There’s going to be a day when a ramp is all you seen. You never see stairs. But to be honest, I think stairs are always going to exist because there’s people that actually use stairs. So you can’t just take the stairs away, right? Because people want stairs. There’s people that want stairs, let them have stairs. There’s people that need ramps and want ramps, so let’s make ramps to, you know, let’s make it so that ramps are normal as well, where it’s like if someone’s building a building and for all my architects that are out there listening, when you’re designing a building, just make ramps, ramps should be a normal thing. If you can avoid stairs, let’s do it. Right. You got to think differently when it comes to this stuff. So that’s all happening this month, disability pride, we are celebrating our disabilities, we are saying hey, you know what? Everything is good in the hood when it comes to having a disability. Don’t treat it weird. We don’t have to be treated differently. You know, we’re just normal people. We love our disabilities. We’re proud of who we are as people with a disability. We do a lot of things with the disability. You know, so just started thinking about this stuff. Look around who do you know that has a disability? Tell them what’s up happy Disability Pride Month. Okay, now check this out. There might be some people that there might be some people that don’t agree, I because there’s some people in the disabled community that might like freak out if you say that to them. But don’t don’t worry about it. Just just stick with the positivity. Okay, stick with the positivity. I am all about being positive. I truly believe that being positive is the way to go. I don’t think that positivity is toxic at all. There’s no such thing that’s a whole nother show may get into. But just stick with the positivity, positivity smile, say hello. Don’t get freaked out by disabilities. All right. That’s what it’s all about disability pride. So that’s what it’s about for me. I’m excited to celebrate it this month. So that’s why I wanted to talk about in this show, and I’ll probably talk about it kind of throughout this month and bring some different angles as far as you know what I feel when it comes to disability. We’re going to get back into this music we’re going to talk about bit about more of little bit more about disability pride, and what it means for us, folks that have a disability and what it can mean for you. Because it could mean something for you and I want you to celebrate it with us so that we can get it out there more so that we can let people know you know, there’s other pride months. So we need to really get out and celebrate this and let people know Hey, people with disabilities exist. And they are, they are part of the society. They’re a huge minority in the size in this in our society, but we need to talk about it. We need to celebrate it. Alright, so let’s get back into this music from DJ Tony J. Let’s go Come on music movement motivation. Be unbreakable.

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A quick intro to everything Tony...

Tony is the author of Disable Your Disability, a book about learning how to live the healthy life you deserve despite your physical limitations. He was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones) and has endured 70+ fractures throughout his life. At the ripe young age of 42, he had to embrace his disability to save his life, so against all odds, pushed himself through an 8-month physical transformation that ended up being just as important mentally and emotionally.

Tony also loves music. He’s been an emcee and DJ since the mid-80’s and has DJ’d professionally since 1996 (and continues to do so!). He’s created and released independent hip hop music, and found most of his success when he and his wife, Teemaree, released 3 albums as Dynamite Jive in the early 2000’s.

In addition to all this, Tony has worked professionally in the television/film industry since 2001, and created his own company, Egg Sandwich Media, to work as a one-man-production-band; wearing the hat of Producer all the way to Video Editor.

He currently lives in Detroit, MI with his wife and they enjoy their empty-nester life in the desert.

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