Thursday, April 27, 2006

Why are disabled people referred to as consumers?

Is it meant to be a "dis?" As in, "not contributers?"

They consume the services offered by the government...but who thought up that bright idea? Should we call the people who make money off of the consumers "opportunists" ?
They wouldn't have a job were it not for the "consumers", so why don't we call "consumers" CA$H COW$ as that is what they are. I bet twice as much is spent in developing bureacratic conundrums as in actual services.

Another conundrum, that...

Person centered, my ass.

Just something to think about.

Dang it, I've got work to do...making cookies, brownies, and muffins for 300 kids and their folks on Saturday.

Still, I am drawn to working it out in my mind.

What if EVERY CONSUMER REVOLTED? Said, "I'D PREFER YOU REFER TO ME AS MR. PAYCHECK FROM NOW ON...".

OH, MY GOD...WHAT IF THEY ALL REFUSED TO GO TO THE SHELTERED WORKSHOPS FOR A WEEK AND ALL THE "HELPERS" HAD TO STAY HOME AND NOT GET PAID??

Consumers, my ass.

Man, I'm in a bad mood...

5 comments:

ebohlman said...

I'm pretty sure that "consumer" came about as a replacement for "patient" or "client" because it had more connotations of control on the part of the person. This would actually have been a Good Thing if the people in question had really been given the level of choice that actual consumers of products and services have. But of course they weren't, and "consumer" really now falls into the same category as calling a hotel or restaurant's (real) consumers "guests" (one of the most atrocious perversions of language ever; the very definition of a guest is someone to whom you provide temporary room and board without charge).

So I think it wasn't a conscious dis, it was more a case of "cosmetic empowerment" (now that I think about it, the best analogy is probably retailers rechristening their employees as "associates" without actually giving them any more authority, responsibility, or pay).

Bronwyn G said...

I thought many disabled people were net PRODUCERS of cultural artifiacts and industrial artifacts.

What is wrong with our world today!

r.b. said...

ebohlman, I bow to your clarity of thought. Thanks. It was a pleasure to read your post.

My father used to buy all his picnic tables for the bar from the "Opportunity Center", they were well made and cheap by comparison to outlet stores. I'm not saying "consumer's" don't contribute. But when up to $83,000 a year is given to "providers" of services...well, I stand by the non-misnomer of CA$H COW$.

It would take a hell of a lot of picnic tables to make up for that...

Anonymous said...

I was a "Helper" and made $8/hr. So there was no cash cow for me. I hardly made much more than the "Consumers".

That said, I HATE the term "Consumer". I hate it mote than it's predecessor, "Client". Why can't we just call them patients or residents (depending if they live at a state hospital or at a group home)? It's not insulting to elderly people who are "residents" at a nursing home, or to sick people at a hospital.... It's that politically correct crap again.

The only people making money off these folks are the politicians. And they are the same idiots who keep making up committees to do pointless, useless stuff like changing what we call the residents every 10 or so years.

Anonymous said...

I have been disabled 10 yrs. I have worked hard to reach milestones that would put me back on the path to finiacial independence. All the right exercise, correct diet,working through the pain. I've explored jobs I can do that are not in my field only because I might be able to perform the job. I earned full disability after working all my life.
The big mistake I made was going to vocational rehab through the state(will not mention state). That was then they referred to me as a consumer. The leach sucking the life's blood from the government. My paperwork says,"the consumer this the consumer that." You know I worked all but the last few years. Now I want to go back to work. I've payed more in taxes then the young people in the office have yet to earn. I am Working so hard to get back to work only to be insulted by the very agency who's employees are paid to help me reach my goal. Who are trained by the state to call me a consumer. In fact I was told I was too disabled to get work and she didn't think she would be able to help me? I just can not tell you have very distraught I have been since my last appointment to vocational rehab.How can you be too disabled for vocational rehab? It is my humble opinion
That referring to someone as a consumer is a
complete and total insult.In fact I think the real blood sucking consumers of the gov't blood are the employees who work for vocational rehab that tell people who are disabled that they are too disabled to work. Oh, well I did not get this far toward living a fulfilling life again, just to be pushed back by the very agency that's job it is to provide a service.I am sorry I seem so amgry. I am just so hurt by being referred to as a consumer.I don't need to be insulted, I just need a job so I have a real life again.

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