There are varying degrees of disability, from physical to intellectual. Each person has a unique experience within the world around them. Even though someone has a disability, it does not make them any less able.
I have a vision impairment and have been classified as "legally blind". I lack central vision meaning I can't recognise faces or read unless the font is extremely large. At 27 and only discovering I had this condition a few years ago, I have battled many obstacles to overcome the stigma surrounding being "disabled" and I continue to do so.
I consider myself to be lucky in that I have adapted well to my condition. Despite my lack of sight I work and I am completing postgraduate studies. Of course I face difficulties but I live by the motto if there's a goal to be achieved, it can still be met, the path will just be different. I have applied this to my life and it has kept me positive and enjoying each challenge I face.
It is so important to be accepting of others and their differences. It doesn't make anybody less able just because they may be "disabled", it might mean a little help is needed using adaptive technology or a helping hand.
I have met so many inspiring people since I was diagnosed; the most independent person I know is legally blind and also hearing impaired. He has not let his conditions stop him and has travelled the world and achieved high honours in sport, more than most of us would ever dream about.
Everybody has a story and if we take the time to get to know it we may just find a little inspiration. The most important thing is to remember we are all equal and equally amazing!
Thanks for this article, Chrissy. Some of the most inspiring people I know have some form of 'disability'. There are so many different forms and degrees of 'disability' that one can't generalise. Some people are more motivated because of a disability and are determined to achieve their goals. I have learnt so much from various people who have a 'disability'.
I was disabled..disabled in my mind and thoughts till I was about 24 years of age. I enjoyed jokes said / played upon people with some disability (either physical or mental). But my views changed over a period of time from sympathy to muted silence to admiration for those who struggled but overcame their minuses and kicked away their misfortunes. I have many examples of such persons.
Recently sighted one such person: Ibrahim Hamato.. an inspiration. Check out the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDdh2439hnU