Top Ten Reasons for the Able to Pay Attention:

August 20, 2007 at 8:02 PM (Disability Blogging)

This is for the carnival, but also for the able:

In reverse order:

1o. We’re adaptable…if you hung with us long enough, *you* might be too.

9. We can teach you how to handle crutches after that ski incident.

8. Careful…We are too listening.

7. All those “abilities” you have can turn against you if you value yourself *only* by the ease and skill with which you use those abilities…there has to be some intrinsic value of person as person, or, as you, the able grow old, you get far too grumpy and uninteresting retreading what you *can’t* do.

6. If you’ve paid attention to us, and impairment arrives for you, you’ll be ready to assess and accept earlier.

5. Our version of “fun” or “a good” life may be different from yours, and that’s not a bad thing.

4. We aren’t invisible…for one thing…we vote.

3. If the tables were turned…would *you* put up with being unheard?

2. We will learn, each from the other much more easily once you understand we are not sin and we are not inspiration

1. Pity wastes both your time, and ours. Respect is a much more useful use of your emotions.



  1. Ranter said,

    Amen. Hopefully someday they’ll get it.

  2. Kathryn said,

    Great top 10 list. I especially like #1 and 2, as a sometimes able bodied person and mom of a disabled child. Amen indeed.

  3. terriblepalsy said,

    Amen plus 2

  4. rampracer said,

    Great list. Echo the amen!

  5. Attila the Mom said,

    1. Pity wastes both your time, and ours. Respect is a much more useful use of your emotions.


    Loved your list!

  6. NTE said,

    Awesome… This is a fabulous list! Great work.

  7. Kay said,

    Excellent list!

  8. imfunny2 said,

    Thanks everybody! 🙂

  9. Janette said,

    It is all great. I especially love number 2

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