Finally…

March 24, 2009 at 3:35 PM (Uncategorized)

a concise explanation of what ‘disability’ means and does not mean, and the reasons it can vary…. The money ‘graph…

It all depends on supports. If your caregivers are responsive and willing and able to support all your needs, your disability becomes a minor, almost social/cultural difference, like hair color or left-handedness.  You can contribute in your own way, as everyone else can.  But if you don’t have good supports, that same person may end up with repeated illness, lying helplessly on their back, unable to contribute.  The banker who made $100,000 will make $0 and live in a dim nursing home without the support of his assistants.  Suddenly, he is MUCH MORE disabled than the basement guy (who at least always has choices).  Suddenly, it’s not a social/cultural difference the banker has the luxury to debate; he is watching his peers contribute and benefit in society while he’s unable to leave his room regardless of his wishes, and the cultural assumptions of his inability have become true, a prophecy fulfilled by the system’s outdated model. He’s suddenly very different, and it’s not cultural at all.  It’s a real,  difference, and a huge barrier.

h/t to Wheelie Catholic

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2 Comments

  1. Nick Dupree said,

    Thanks so much for the link. I know you from bridgett’s blog.

  2. Attila the Mom said,

    Very very interesting. Thanks for posting it!

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