I’ve been looking at disability statistics lately. I wanted one particularly statistic and ended up getting sucked in by several different ones. But that’s a story for a different blog entry. One that I don’t feel like writing right now. I was then thinking about one of those statistics and thinking that I’ve read a quote similar to it. I was pretty sure I’d shared it here so I went hunting through my quote entries. I don’t think it actually is here but I found several I’d forgotten about and thought I’d reshare.
“If someone asked you ‘can you swim a mile?’ you’d say ‘nah’. But if you found yourself dumped out at sea, you’d swim the mile. You’d make it.”
“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.”
Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place.