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Posted by George Moss
on November 02, 2000 at 22:04:26:
In Reply to: Re: Why physically disabled are outcasts? posted by Leon on December 02, 1999 at 22:34:47:
Hi Tina and Linda: I've been asking myself this question most of my life.When I was 3 years old,I conracted polio--this was in 1953--one year before the Salk vaccine.I am now 49 years old.The polio nearly killed me...I did recover but I can no longer stand or walk.My parents took me to a variety of hospitals as I was growing up,and I've probably known more doctors than the average person.I use a wheelchair to get around.To your question--a lot of people mean well,but they don't understand what it is like to be disabled,unless they know someone in that situation.As for being "outcasts"--our society in general doesn't care about people with disablities.If it did everyone would have equal access into every building.That will never happen.The disabled,you and me,don't have a national figure/s to speak for us and make certain our voices are heard.And then there's the entertainment community--by and large,when a character appears on tv or in the movies,and they are presented as having a disablty of some form,they are either people to pity or fear.Able-bodied people don't like to be reminded that the human body is fragile--we who are disabled tell them that without saying a word.Maybe someday attitudes toward the disabled will change---but that day won't come anytime soon, and that's a damn shame.
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