Living with a Disability

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January 11, 2006

Living with a Disability
Living in today’s society with the diverse cultures and world controversy is a challenge in itself, but imagine living each day unable to carry out normal daily functions without a challenge. I chose to this topic because of my own personal ignorance. Three years ago the word disability would have been just another word. I would not have given another thought to seeing someone in a wheelchair, a walker or even one with a mental disability. Yes, I had compassion, but without the realization of what obstacles those with a disability truly face, that too is just another word. This topic has a personal interest for me because working for the Paralyzed Veterans of America has truly changed my thinking and quality of life, as I see those with these challenges on a day-to-day basis. What is a disability? “An individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities” ( 12/27/06. The figures on the total amount of disabled people in the world are vast; according to the World Health organization there are approximately an estimated 600 million people ( 12/31/06. “In the United States alone, Americans with disabilities constitute the third-largest minority (after persons of Hispanic origin and African Americans); all three of those minority groups number in the 30-some millions in America” ( 12/31/06. Those with a disability face many challenges throughout their lives. These challenges include but are not limited to: everyday functions, transportation, and accessibility. The simple things for an able bodied person are not so simple for one with a disability. Take for example, a person in a wheelchair, as the multitude of disabilities are so diverse, that to try to touch points on each of these disabilities would be unfeasible....