When disability is invisible


Imagine you just received an email from someone you didn’t know. The message contains a greeting, several sentences, and a closing. There’s nothing special about the message. It’s just a bunch of words strung together and composed like any other email message.

Would you be able to tell if the sender of the message had a disability?

Absolutely not.

The same goes for a phone call. Can you tell if someone uses a wheelchair because of the way they sound on the phone? Not likely.

How about art? Can you tell if a painting has been crafted by someone with a disability? Again, no.

And what about a song? Is it possible to spot someone who has no legs by listening to a recording of them singing a song? No.

There are many examples of instances when a mobility-related disability is absent from a situation. It’s not applicable. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t change the words in an email, the paint on a canvas, or the words you speak.

Aside from physical labor and tasks, why does having a disability have to matter at all?

That’s right, it doesn’t have to matter.

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