Summer 2009 Retreat

Summer 2009 Retreat

Monday, April 11, 2011

Journal 12- George

Being disabled is a huge challenge. Whether it is physical or mental, a disability is a struggle that others cannot understand. Just imagine how hard it would be to lose our ability to walk, write, eat, or memorize? Even though that most individuals with disabilities I come across tend to be very strong-willed, I know that being disabled is a challenge. Regarding disability as a label, I think there is a difference between describing a condition neutrally and applying negative attitude, thoughts, and even acts to a condition. The latter serves to enforce an ideal that is utterly devastating to people who live with disability. It is precisely the negative labeling that makes living with disability hard to cope with. Schools and public places are definitely breeding grounds where such negative labeling exist. Reflecting back in my schooling, the students are absolutely brutal to students with disabilities. Furthermore, disability is a term that needs more defining. Disability is a spectrum and includes not just loosing a limb, but also illness that negatively impact our bodies. But I think that is another journal prompt for another day.

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