Changing Perspectives: Disability

Janet Catherina

Disability is something we all think that we’re familiar with, but never really give much thought to until we either experience it firsthand, or interact with someone who does. And it’s usually not what we think it is. So what is disability? It’s defined as the absence of a physical or mental ability. And that is where the confusion begins. An absence of a physical or mental ability is immediately misconstrued as something negative.

We’ve all heard of the phrase “differently-abled”, which is the latest politically correct term. I used to think, what difference does it make, anyway? But the more I pondered about it, the more I understood the momentous difference that it makes.

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