Define Disability

04/03/2015

 
"Everybody has something!" as was pointed out recently in a radio interview with the NYC Commissioner on Disability.  But in the life of a child disability is defined every day by comparison with other, more typical children.  The one who can't do as others do, apparently effortlessly, is thus disabled.  No word need be pronounced; it is something the child knows without it being spelled out.  
Often this knowledge does not register consciously.  It may take the form of erosion of self-esteem, or other psychological disorders.  Now that the concept exists in the public awareness it is not a bad idea to talk about it, if it is really part of the dialogue that "everybody has something!"
 


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