Dis/ability represented with a slash demonstrates that the
word disability can be broken down into dis and ability. Dis means to
disrespect, to criticize or lack something. Ability means what people are able to
do. Disabled people have the potential to be part of the normative that humans
are balanced, independent, and self-sufficient. People who are living with
disabilities want to be treated with equality and be included.
Young children may be frightened by disabled people, because
they do not understand. I remember as a young child going to work with my mom (a
place where disabled people do activities) and there were lots of “different”
people. They would squeal and talk different and I could not understand what
they said. I was scared when I saw them and would hide under her desk. She
would explain this to me, but I still did not understand, until I was I was
older. As I got older, I got to know some of the disabled people and could see
some of their abilities. There is Ryan, who is blind, tells amazing jokes about
how it is nice to see you, or I haven’t seen you in awhile (which is cute,
because he has always been blind!) Tyler, who is a lady’s man, will do anything
for a hug. Judy, who is getting old and loosing her memory, but all I have to
say is my mom’s name who she adores. I also graduated high school with a girl
with down syndrome who always makes people smile. She is continuing to take
more high school classes, has way too many boyfriends and does regular
activities with other high schoolers like attending sports. They all have many abilities
that are unique to them. Some abilities that disabled people may have are: math,
typing, memorization, and the ability to make people laugh and smile all day
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that people with special
needs and disabilities have bigger hearts than most other people I know. Having
a disability does not define the person. As future educators, we must see their
ability and strive to help our students progress and treat everyone equally
with respect. Acknowledging the ability with in the disability is an important
skill for people to understand.
“Sometimes we who are activists and thinkers forget about
our bodies, ignore our bodies, or reframe our bodies to fit our theories.” This
is an important quote from Stolen Bodies, because it is easy for some people forget
about their own body when they do not have to deal with daily struggles as a disabled
person or their caretaker. Disability activists believe that disabled bodies do
not need to be cured. Disability rights movement has created a new model for
people with disabilities, where disabilities do not define by their body.
Society is starting to acknowledge the ability by installing wheelchair ramps,
automatic doors, etc..
All humans are valued, loved and worth fighting for. People may have hesitant thoughts about disabled people and their relationship with people in society. It is important for everyone to understand that people who are disabled are not any different. We all bleed red, we all die, and we all deserve to be treated with respect. Watch this video called “how you see me”.
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