I used to work with a guy who always argued with me about the down side of having a disability. He was a paid advocate for people with disability but he had the most irritating ideas about just how awful having a disability was. He seemed like the wrong kind of person to speak for people with disability. I wanted every advocate to be like minded - to have a "we shall overcome" attitude and to see all the strengths that people with disability have to offer. Still I was happy to argue with him on an almost weekly basis whenever our paths crossed. Over the years I came to realize that he taught me more about advocacy than my friends who thought just like I did.