Disability. It is a word that creates a lot of different feelings in people. It can make some people upset because they have one. It may make some people uneasy because they do not know how to interact with someone who is disabled. And for some people it can even make them feel self-conscious whether or not they have a disability.
What most people do not think or feel when they hear the word disability is “happy.”
But why not?
Having a disability can change the way a person interacts with the world. That does not mean that this is a bad thing. A disability may make things a little more difficult to accomplish for some, but there are many new aids or mobility devices that can help overcome these issues. A disability may make people feel a little uncomfortable as they adjust to their surroundings and the people they meet, but that does not have to be a bad thing at all.
Diversity Is What Makes the World Go Around
When you think of diversity, most people think of race or religions. They do not, however, think of disabilities. But disabilities are a form of diversity. Disability is something that can benefit employers, social circles, and overall society. Some of the most innovative inventions and positive social influences have come from someone with a disability.
A disability can be physical, mental, or emotional. They can be mild or severe. They can also be a blessing. So many things have been discovered, learned, or benefited from because of a person with a disability.
Think of the inspiration of Helen Keller. She was a blind, a deaf and mute woman who went on to become an accomplished advocate for the disabled. Think of Stephen Hawkins, a theoretical physicist that has helped advance the entire world on space travel. Beethoven was deaf but mastered the piano and became one of the greatest composers of all times. The list can continue indefinitely.
These people faced challenges within their lives that could have been something that held them back. Instead, they used their disabilities to make themselves stand apart. They saw their limitations and worked around them or saw them as a benefit to further their cause. Stephen Hawkins often said that if he was not restricted to his wheelchair he would have never found the time to consider and investigate the things that he discovered because he would have been too busy elsewhere.
Disabilities should be seen as just another difference in our society and not as something that sets a person apart. Positive attitudes about disabilities will make society more inclusive, and the benefits to society will be overwhelming.