Self-Advocacy Online Blog

Act Responsibly

Jame s Meadours Self-Advocacy Online, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


We all need to act responsibly by the actions we take in our community. I acted responsibly by getting all three COVID-19 shots (the first two shots and the booster). I also act responsibly by wearing a face mask in public. But there is no guarantee you won’t get COVID. I got a mild case, but I did not get real sick and have to go to the hospital. 

When you are sick, or if you test positive for COVID, you need to act responsibly by being isolated from everyone for a while. I don’t want to put others at risk. And this goes for frontline workers, like the staff that works with us. They need to respect our personal space and not get too close if there aren’t vaccinated. Many people with disabilities have underlying health conditions and can get very sick from COVID.
I want to be able to see people face to face, but I don’t want other people to catch what I have. Not everyone’s body acts the same and some people react different to the COVID virus. Please be responsible and get your three shots and stay away from people if you’re sick.