Now, I know the previous statement is a big one, and maybe even one people don't want to associate with, so let's break it down. If someone isn't able to snap their fingers, or whistle, wouldn't' that be considered a disability? Looking at the definition above, it is an inability to do something, right? So my question is, why are some disabilities looked down upon and pitied and others aren't? Just because we aren't able to do things like walk, see, or hear, we should not be pitied. We all have limitations of some kind, some more visible then others, but that doesn't mean they should be treated differently. Our inabilities shouldn't be the focus of who we are.
The label creates a negative mindset on society as a whole, individuals, and maybe even the individuals who have the label attached to them, because it focuses on inabilities. It labels people as incapable right off the bat and allows for perceptions of people before they even get a chance to meet you. We can learn so much from one another if we have an open mind and stop jumping to conclusions when we see people. I can't even begin to count the amount of times people will not talk to me and will talk to the person I am with because they don't think I have a working brain or can speak for myself. Let's work together and educate others to change this negative mindset and see the person for who they are not for what they are not able to do.
I would also like to break down a specific part of this definition. This part is "the condition of being unable to do things in the normal way." What is the normal way? Isn't everyone's normal different? My normal is to live my life sitting down, I know nothing different, just like it is another person's normal to live life standing up, they know nothing different either. So how come one normal is seen as the correct way and the other is pitied? If we all try to be the same and do everything the same or normal ways we will loose what makes us unique.
I've decided to call this blog "Redefining Disability" because that is exactly what I want to do. I want to change "Disability" to "Differently Abled." This redefined term has the power to change a negative mindset and stereotype to positive ones because it focuses on abilities. It puts the person first and not their limitation because there should never be a DIS in someone's ABILITY!
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