Rosemarie shares her compelling story of loss and the pursuit of happiness in the wake of disappointment.
The pursuit of happiness is something we celebrate every July 4th on Independence Day. These words are written in the Declaration of Independence. What do these words mean? Life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness does not end when adversity strikes. No one knows this better than Rosemarie Rossetti.
As Americans we all believe that our civil rights must be protected and we are entitled to a level playing field. We celebrate the first sentence of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which reads, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are empowered by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
The qualitity of life. Is the playing field level for everyone? If we are all created equal, why are so many people with special needs struggling to make ends meet? They experience limited access to job opportunities, and are often judged prematurely as to their ability to contribute to society. As a result they become defeated. Statistically people with special needs suffer far higher rates of unemployment than the able-bodied community, therefore many are forced to live their lives in poverty and depend on government subsidies such as SSDI.
How about liberty? What does that mean to you? Perhaps freedom? Many employers worry about liability and extra expenses required for employees with disabilities. Most are not willing to make minor adjustments to their facilities to accommodate their needs. What happens to an individuals liberty when they can not find gainful employment?
How about happiness? Can you define it? Is it possible to achieve when you are robbed of your independence and liberty by a society that views people with special needs as a subgroup and a drain on our economic system?
The pursuit of happiness brings us right back to the Declaration of Independence. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness are basic human rights regardless of religion, ethnicity, gender, or disability. If you live below the poverty line you will certainly have difficulty experiencing true independence or happiness. People with special needs, are in pursuit of happiness, independence and prosperity just like everyone else. Happiness can prove elusive when an individual cannot maintain a good standard of living.
Special needs individuals or people with disabilities are amongst the fastest growing minority on this planet. It is a minority that anyone can become a part of at any second. If you are born into this category, or become a part of this sub-group through illness, accidental events, or any other unexpected tragedy, it is important that you are well informed and prepared. Most people do not expect that they will be faced with this kind of adversity in their lives. However, there is a good chance that they or one of their family members will experience a life altering illness. Are you prepared? Would you know what to do? How would you financially survive?
Today on Dancing on our Disabilities Radio we are interviewing a woman by the name of Rosemarie Rossetti. Her story is so chilling that you will be compelled to listen as she tells her personal pursuit of happiness after a shocking experience. However, she was prepared and has some important information to share with the public so that you are not robbed of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
About Rosemarie Rossetti:
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, consultant, and author who walks her talk. On June 13, 1998 Rossetti’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crushing down on her leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. In her keynote motivational speeches, she shares the lessons she has learned since that fateful day, and demonstrates how to rise above misfortune and live life with conviction.
Rosemarie is the president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc
Rosemarie wrote a monthly nationally distributed inspirational column from December 1999 to August 2008. Rosemarie is the author, co-author or contributor to 14 books including “Take Back Your Life!” a collection of 20 inspirational articles from her columns.
Using her extensive research and first-hand experience as a person who uses a wheelchair, Rossetti is an expert and speaks about the features and benefits of universal design and green building. From March 2006 to June 2011, her columns about accessible housing were published in Action Magazine.
Rosemarie and her husband, Mark Leder built the national demonstration home and garden in Columbus, Ohio, the Universal Design Living Laboratory www.UDLL.com
This home is the highest rated universal design home in North America earning three national certifications. She consults with builders, designers and consumers assisting in the design of new and remodeled homes.