People with disabilities have faced several challenges with their own experience over time. Nancy Mairs, Andre Dubus, and Harriet McBryde Johnson are three different writers expressing their diverse experiences through essays. Each present their perspective in different angles but share similar themes of frustration, thriumphs, and the need for equality. Nancy Mairs is a strong woman who claims to be a feminist and has also been living with MS since her early MS diagnosis. Throughout her essay, Disability, she exposes the lack of representation of the disabled in media.
In the words of Lennard Davis in the first page of Introduction: Normality, Power, and Culture, “The ‘problem’ is not the person with the disability, it is the way that normalcy is constructed to create the ‘problem’ of the disabled person,” (Davis 1). Everyone is different and to impose an idea of what is an expected or acceptable by labeling those who don’t conform as disadvantaged or handicapped, is artificial and
A disability can make someone look at a "disabled" person in a specific way, even though they are just as capable as others of doing things. Some people don't realize the impact someone with a disability can have on the world because they are limited and criticized for their issues. People without disabilities can show what they have, and those with disabilities will never even get past the starting line because of people's biased views on disabilities. After listening to the Ted Talk by Keith Nolan, a private cadet, he established ethos, logos, and pathos through his educational speech on the deaf in the military. In the Ted Talk, Keith Nolan backs up his story with emotion, statistics, credible information, and real-life experience.
In a essay by Nancy Mairs, the author argues that even though someone is disabled you do not need to treat them like they are their disability. Mairs support her claim by giving examples of how people treat her and how advertisers turn away from using disabled people in their commercials. Mairs purpose is to use catalogs, logical fallacy, and illusion in order to show that disable and able-bodied people are very alike. Based on the use of illusion, simile, and euphemism, Mairs is writing for the educated yet common
When someone thinks of someone with a disability, they usually feel bad for them. They will also associate the word disability with a disadvantage. What if that wasn't true? What if instead of being at a disadvantage, people with disabilities just have to look at the task differently? As Oscar Pistorius, the
A stereotype is defined: “To believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same.” Another definition is: “As a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” There are numerous types of stereotypes based on dress, culture, sex, location, and race characteristics. They are oftentimes discriminatory in judgement. Even though, some stereotypes may have some truth to them, it is inexcusable to state all people in a specific area or similar characteristics are the same.
In Canada, there are examples in real-life events that portray disparity, ableism and tokenism. Every Canadian has different perspectives towards the disabled-bodied population; the people label them differently especially when it comes in the media. In the Canadian society, there is a lot of ableism developed amongst the abled-bodied population which openly discriminates people with disabilities and favoring the abled-bodied with many opportunities; there are a lot of events and opportunities in various industries for the abled-bodied while the people who are disabled are not given the opportunities that are open to the abled-bodied population. When it comes to disparity, the disabled population are openly discriminate, and people display
Stella Young's "I'm not your inspiration" video portrays to her audience that disabled people are not to be looked at as inspiration objects, but as the human beings that they are. "We are more disabled by society, then the bodies we live in" and what Stella means by this is that society thinks of disabled people as less fortunate and the non-disabled people being her audience perceive disabled people as a motivational figure for living their lives with disabilities. Stella is trying to accomplish that the disabled want recognition not for being disabled, but for being themselves, because everyone is a human being and should be treated like any other individual. Disability shouldn't be looked at as a bad thing and what Stella means by this
In Andre Dubus’ “Why the Able-Bodied Still Don’t Get It”, Dubus similarly describes how he recognizes himself being treated patronizingly by others. Furthermore, Dubus explains how prior to being hit by a car and losing the use of his legs, he had not understood the disabled community. While discussing this Dubus states, “I lacked the compassion and courage to imagine someone else’s suffering” (Dubus). This statement shows a perspective that is true for many people who do not understand how a disability affects one’s life, and Dubus is able to convey this message in his essay. Harriet McBryde Johnson also has a valuable perspective on disability representation and treatment that she argues in her essay “Should I Have Been Killed at Birth?”.
More recently than ever, the treatment and the representation of the disabled has become an important topic of discussion, with many disabled persons speaking out on the stereotypes of disability and lack of proper portrayal in the media. In her essay “Disability,” author Nancy Mairs describes her life as a woman living with multiple sclerosis, and she examens the lack of accurate portrayal of disability, especially in the media. Similarly, Andre Dubus adds to Mairs’ argument in his essay “Why the Able-Bodied Still Don’t Get It” by elaborating on how his life changed after becoming disabled, an experience that allowed him to understand why the disabled are still stereotyped and how this causes the abled-bodied to not fully understand what it’s
Reports online mentioned that 87% of people think that disabled people should be treated equally. The people who opposed this statement felt that the disabled use their disability as a free ride to an easy life. Most of my friends mentioned that their parents would object them to befriend those with disabilities as they feel that they would affect their well being and exam results . Albeit disappointed, I knew that it was an existing issue. I feel that being disabled is neither especially cursed nor especially blessed .
As the statistics shown above say, disabled people are considered an embarrassment to be around and considered unproductive people, and therefore are excluded from their society. This group of people is socially excluded in many ways: 1) Excluded from leisure facilities Disabled people are usually deprived from their rights of having fun and spending their leisure time like normal people. Have you seen cinemas with special seats for paralyzed people for example? The answer would be no probably. Disabled people find it difficult to enter leisure facilities like swimming pools, bowling centers and cinemas, although with simple adjustments these places could be suitable for
129).The model implies to cure, change or fix the individuals, especially when it is discriminatory and prejudiced and against the wishes of the disabled person. The problem or disability is caused by the way society responds to the needs of the disabled person. It recognizes that people with impairments are disabled by the barriers, prejudice and exclusion by society. Thus all the things that impose restrictions on disabled people ranging from individual prejudice to institutional discrimination, from inaccessible public buildings to unusable transport systems, from segregated education to excluding work arrangements, and so on’ (Oliver 1996a p 33). Thus, changes in social attitudes, social support, information, physical structures is required because