The battle for equality has been a problem for many years. Many people have strived for many changes throughout history, which directly and indirectly changed how people treat each other. As people strive towards equality, more struggles with reference to sexism, ableism, and racism awaits. The novel takes place in the 1930s, the Great Depression. The Great Depression is the worst economic downfall in U.S. history. This was all caused due to an economic collapse. Many lost their jobs and money. The characters George and Lennie, set out in order to find work in California on a ranch. George was a small and smart person, while Lennie was a much larger person, but had the mind of a child. During this time, there was a lot of discrimination between characters in forms of segregation, or in more subtle ways such as slander. In spite of the fact that many still advocate for the purpose of equality, many other people believe that equality has already been earned, considering that it is the twenty first century in a first world country, segregation ended, women have more rights than ever, and people with disabilities are given more opportunities and benefits. In the book, the author shows how discrimination was back then, and they can connect with today’s events, despite the improvement of rights.
In “Am I MS?” Miriamne Ara Krummel talks about her personal journey she endured dealing with multiple sclerosis. Krummel further explains at the end how she was finally able to accept her diagnosis and to embrace it. She finds that it’s important to be open about the disease. She believes that, “it might be helpful if more people would talk about death and dying as an intrinsic part of life” (76-77).When she was first diagnosed, she had a difficult time coping with MS. In fact, she at first denied that she could possibly have MS and like her family, were hoping that it was some kind of flu, until further testings’ at the hospital proved them wrong. However, through the process she learned that she felt better as she acknowledge the disease
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
While doing so, Mairs uses logic, humor, and an optimistic tone to break the societal attitude towards people with disabilities, portraying her success and the positivity throughout her life with multiple
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
n Nancy Mairs essay, “Disability”, she illustrates the lack of representation of people with disabilities in the media. While disability plays a major role in Mairs’ life, she points out the various ways her everyday life is ordinary and even mundane. Despite the normalcy of the lives of citizens with disabilities Mairs argues the media’s effacement of this population, is fear driven. She claims, “To depict disabled people in the ordinary activities of daily life is to admit that there is something ordinary about the disability itself, that it may enter anybody’s life” (Mairs 14). Able bodied people worry about the prospect of eventually becoming physically impaired. The reason why it is a rarity to see disabled people in advertisements is
Nancy Mairs, a feminist writer who has Multiple Sclerosis, defines the terms in which she interest the most with the world. Nancy Mairs will name herself a cripple and not be by others. She will choose a word that represents her reality for example in the beginning of her story she mentioned about her being in the bathroom trying to come up with a story about cripples. She was in the handicap bathroom and when she tried to open the door she fell, landing fully clothed on the toilet seat with her legs splayed in front of her and she said “the old beetle -on-it’s back routine.” not only does she make fun of herself, but she also has a great sense of humor. The little details she puts on her stories will make you picture it in your mind. She just doesn't want her readers to see her as a handicap person, but a person who wants the world to see her as a tough woman. One whom the fates, gods, viruses have not been kind, but who can face the brutal truth of her disabilities.
In the course of history, there were many heroic and inspirational figures. One in particular was Terry Fox. When Terry Fox was a guard on the basketball team at Simon Fraser University, he realized that he had cancer in his right knee. As a result, he had to have his leg amputated. He was an inspirational figure because he was patriotic and loving, had a dream to run across Canada for cancer research, and did not allow his disability to label him.
Nancy Mairs, the author of “On Being a Cripple”, suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative neurological auto-immune disease. In her essay Mairs writes how in the end her life did not really change all that much. In fact aside from banging around the kitchen a little more often and being slightly more clumsy, her life was just great. Her family was supportive, and she was able to easily come to terms with her disability, she was able to move forward with her life needing only minimal adaptations. And that is just great.
In our society, people with and without disabilities are granted rights. Throughout history, disabled people weren’t granted as many rights as people without disabilities. Disability rights have expanded greatly since the 1800s where they were forced to be put in institutions. Now, disabled people have many rights wherever they go and many people have impacted that change. Many concepts have been expanded greatly such as ramps, elevators, closed captioning, etc. to be able to support the people with
“I don’t know if many people know this about me, but I have multiple sclerosis. So I don’t have time for a lot of shades of gray . I don’t have time for BS.” - Neil Cavuto. In “On Being a Cripple,” Nancy Mairs discusses the language of American society while including personal accounts of her struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS). Mairs presents herself as a proud individual through her utterly defiant personality, her word choice in deciding to identify as a cripple, and explaining why other socially accepted euphemisms do not define her.
Mairs’ essay discusses having a disability in a world where disability is ignored, especially by the media. Television shows don’t show that people who have a disability can form their own decision. “[In Mairs’ essay] a woman with multiple sclerosis is portrayed on one of those medical dramas…She was terribly upset by the diagnosis, and her response was to plan a trip to Kenya…she got as far as a taxi to the airport…she succumbed to [her true love’s] blandishments
Stella young is a disabled woman who gives a Ted talk on why she is not your
The present paper attempts to highlight the concept of rehabilitation and rehabilitation psychology with the primary focus on the rehabilitation of people, the goals, process, the professionals involved, competence requires as well as problems faced in the rehabilitation are described. The emerging field as rehabilitation psychology emphasizes on the types of intervention programs, activities, outcomes, applications and services given. The most essential aspect of rehabilitation being disability, therefore focus has been given on the definition and classification of disability along with a glimpse on the causes. The major models of disability have been discussed with major concern on the causes of disability and the beliefs associated with
And a disabled person’s ambition is like all other human beings, the looks of pity and compassion negatively affect that ambition. People should embrace the disabled person and give them a helping hand, and they should have laws, which defend their rights, which should be respected. However, most societies do not have laws that ensure an equal life for the disabled population. It is a shame that the rights of the disabled people has turned many times to mere slogans.