Let's talk about disability together!
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Today is World Disability Day! Often, disability is equated to "the use of wheelchair," "the use a mobility aid," or a visible disability. However, the definition is much broader. The Department of Labor explains that a disability is typically defined "someone who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more "major life activities," (2) has a record of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment."
What is disability to you?
Do you consider yourself disabled?
What do you think most peoples view on disability is and how does it make you feel?
Definition, difficulties, visible or invisible diseases.... Let's share our ideas and feelings about disability!
To me disability is not something that is only seen; however, unfortunately in our society people see those who look healthy on the outside and when they complain or have difficulty doing something they tend to judge them, even if they find out you have a condition.
It seems unfortunately in our society, people only recognize, feel sympathy for, and want to assist those with VISIBLE disabilities, the elderly, and the very young. However, if you are middle aged and do not have a VISIBLE disability that is likely not to be the common scenario for you.
I faced this early on in my disability... I could be in the worst of pain, perform things slowly, and have difficulty doing things, but people would see me as being healthy from the outside. This is true even for those family and friends who knew of my condition. However, now as my condition has progressed, it seems more and more common that people recognize my disability and want to help.
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