Advanced Placement English
April 9, 2013
“Disability” Nancy Mairs's essay “Disability from Carnival Acts describes how the speaker, Nancy Mairs, lives every day with a disability. She reveals her view on the handicap and disabled. Nancy Mairs has multiple sclerosis, weakening of the bones, and she feels as if she is being judged and is inferior to everyone else. The audience is definitely aware of how she feels. She is very blunt about her feelings and everything else. She wants to make a stand for all the disabled people. The essay displays desperation, as well as hope. She is desperate to be equal and to no be judged; She has hope that one day all handicap will be equal. Nancy Mairs is a true symbol of how handicap people can persevere, stand through anything, and triumph over adversity. She lives a competent life filled with judgmental people looking at her poorly, simply because of her disability. Nancy Mairs was a very strong and dignified lady. She has many strong points and ideas that she wants to throw out in this essay. Perhaps the most important in many people's eyes is that she wanted to show everyone that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. She firmly believed that they should be included and never excluded from daily activities. Sadly this doesn't happen for Nancy Mairs nor any other group of handicap people, but one day this could potentially make a huge difference for these people. If enough people read this essay, understood her point, and took a plan of action to change these things; Everything could be so different. A disability may be physical, cognitive (includes the memory process), mental, sensory, emotional, developmental or some of them combined. A disability may occur from birth, or happen during a person's lifetime. Who is to say handicap people and people with disabilities are even weaker than most? No one is capable of making that kind of...
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