Are people with disabilities
Is a person who successfully
employs an assistive device still considered disabled? What if it is visible
like a wheelchair? What if it is implanted, like a pacemaker? What if it is
commonly used, like eyeglasses?
In a marathon race, who crosses the
finish line with the faster time - the elite runners or the wheelchair
Who, on average, has better
attendance on the job - an able-bodied worker or her co-worker with a
Are persons with disabilities
really "suffering" or "afflicted"? Are wheelchair users really
It was no secret that President
Roosevelt had polio and used a wheelchair. Why was he never described as being
disabled? How was his obvious disability hidden?
Is old age itself a disability? Is
being young a disability? Is being different a disability?
Are individuals with disability
typically considered in discussions about diversity? If not, why
Are people with phobias considered
disabled? What if the fear of flying prevents an individual from working in his
chosen profession? Was John Madden's bus then considered a "job
What do you make of this true
situation? A young Stanford physician in the radiology department was seriously
injured in a bicycling accident. Through therapy, he was able to recover some
use of his arms and legs. He is now able to stand, but not to walk. He uses a
Segway to get around - it makes him feel "less handicapped". However, he is
incessantly mocked and made fun of. Some have gone so far as to try to push him
off of it - all because he does not look disabled.
Jerry Seinfeld asks, "What's the
deal with handicapped parking at the Para-Olympics?"