Nancy Mair’s “Disability” shows us the view a disabled woman has on how the world perceives people with disabilities. Nancy is “a forty- three year old crippled woman.”(Bedford Reader 13).Nancy is a woman who spends most of her time in a wheelchair. A woman that can be easily spotted in a crowd. She notes that she has not 3show that illustrated her so that people would feel sorry for the woman. They show the woman trying to make one lat trip before she gets crippled. Nancy thinks the show depicts her as unable to make her own choices. She wanted to go to Kenya but her doctor would not let her. Mairs sees the show only showing the fact that she’s disabled but “excludes the complexities that make her a whole.”(Bedford Reader 14)
Mairs considers herself an American Consumer. She uses things that everyone uses in day-to-day life. She’s bothered by the fact that no advertisement ever includes disabled people. The reasoning she thinks behind it is that if they show disabled people doing everyday activity, it will demonstrate how disability can affect anyone. This will make people fear their reality. She thinks that this isolation of disabled people is harmful and even dangerous to the disabled. It makes them feel invisible and almost as if they did not exist. She thinks the only way to integrate disabled people is as quietly and as naturally as possible into people’s everyday life.
In “Disability” Nancy Mairs is trying to show that disabled people are just like regular people. (Bedford reader 14) .And therefore they should be treated as regular people. Mair’s trouble is with advertisers and how they refuse to include the disabled even though the disabled also use their products. She hates the fact that society is obsessed with appearance and normality. She concludes that they don’t use disabled people because of they fear it will cause people. It can show them that disability can affect anyone and everyone. Although Mairs is...
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