Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Public's Perception of Wheelchair Users

The New York Times recently ran a great op-ed piece by Ben Mattlin, author of the book, "Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity". The piece gives great insight to the day-to-day interactions between wheelchair users and able-bodied strangers. Mr. Mattlin points out that he is frequently mistaken for Stephen Hawking, his friends are often asked if they are his nurses and his wife is often asked if she is his sister. The old adages of thinking before one speaks and not judging a book by its cover are displayed in a modern context, regarding people with disabilities, in the link below...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/wheelchair-guys-are-all-alike.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

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