Friday, January 8, 2016

What I Cannot Physically Attain Doesn't Make Me Inadiquate

"Disabilitythe condition of being unable to do things in the normal way." 
"Disabilitya disadvantage or deficiency, especially a physical or mental impairment that interferes  
                  with or prevents normal achievement in a particular area."

Disability is rather, a definition to describe those who are different than the social norm. We are not "unable to do things in the normal way," as the way we do things are our normal way. We are living to the extent of our abilities just as everyone else. We are not prevented from "normal achievement," we just define what an achievement is differently. While you count a 10k as an achievement, we may count walking a few steps; it's all about perspective. You may walk while some of us roll, but that doesn't mean we are "disadvantaged." You may eat by mouth while some of us eat through tubes, but that doesn't we are "deficient."  
What my body cannot physically attain doesn't make me inadequate - it makes me adaptive, and resourceful. 
Those are two traits generated by an individual who is definitely not "impaired".

Yes, many times having a "disability" puts you at a disadvantage for equality.You see this occur in personal, educational, and professional settings. We are denied opportunities given to those who would be categorized as "functioning normally." However, that does not mean we are lacking and limited, that is just the way people see us because of our physical or mental distinction. We know we could perform that job, romance that relationship, and earn that degree, if only we were given the proper chance. So is the definition of disability an accurate representation, or does it seem to be a neologism created for incorrect classification which provokes separation? We may not do things customary to society's views, but we still get them done.

Individuals facing disability are in fact very able; able to make the best of our situation, and live with the cards we have been dealt. If that isn't considered "normal" than I don't know what is.
Yes, I am very aware of the fact that the word "disability" simply describes a condition that makes everyday life tasking -- and yes, I use the word "disabled" to describe myself, and other individuals hindered by disease. I purely thought the definition found on these sites needed some proper clarification as they sparked my blogger intuition. This post undemanding implies that the disabled community is living their normal, though it may not be yours -- life is always up for interpretation.

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