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Bengt Nirje on Normalization

Produced by David Goode / The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Produced in 1993.

Parity vs. Equality

Bengt Nirje: And that's a different thing than parity, equality. Parity is something else. Parity is only a reality. That is under the same conditions, the same pay for the same job, the same pay whether you are a man or a woman. [Inaudible].Or that you can compete on your conditions if you're physically disabled. So you compete with parity with others. With parity. Whereas [Inaudible]. And parity in that respect. And that must not be confused with conformity

Because conformity is evil. Conformity is like immoral, that is insisting that people should be this way or be that way and be judged that way. That is arbitrary opinions. That has nothing to do with evidence and nothing to do with real human rights. That is often used to diminish the rights of people and that's what we have to be aware of. Sometimes dangerous of mainstreaming to human rights. And that's in Sweden what we call the law of [Inaudible]the law of evil, to diminish dignity. And it is a way to take power away from people. And that is exactly what the principle of normalization is not about.

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