You think It's Easy Being Me?

Why are disabled people coloumnised? Why are they 'seen differently' to others. We are all normal, even those who are wheelchair bound. This is a personal insight into my opinions of why people should respect disabled people. I have lived around wheelchair bound people whilst being in rehabilitation and I am voicing my opinion. Disabled people are people: they have ears, eyes, hands, feet and hearts. They are just like you and me...
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  Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

  I have seen death, and from that experience, the longer I live (and count my blessings in the progress) the more I realize the impact of attitude in life – the attitude towards the elderly, races, religions and disabilities – how much they impact on how people live their lives through others. Attitude, to me, is more important than getting the facts straight. It is more important than History, than getting that Best Scholar Award at the end of the year in college, than fortune, than different events or circumstances – like birth, or death – than weaknesses, than positivity’s, than what other people think, say or do. Inevitably, it is more important than how people look, how people act, or what skills people may have. It will make, or break, a group – social or political...a church – a cult or religion...or a home – physical or mental. The utterly astounding thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for different people we may meet. We cannot change our past. We may have been horrid to a certain person; but all we can do is make amends and ‘play on the piano’ we have, and this, inevitably, is our attitude. Society is convinced that we are what we are by what we say. I, however, am certain that life is 20% ‘what happens’ and 80% ‘how I react to it’. We are all in charge with our attitudes and I, being a true believer of equality, can only say what I think, and you being smart people can act from my words. Everyone is ‘normal’. Everyone has a heart, a brain, two feet, two hands and two eyes. They can all feel warmth, coldness, happiness and sadness and, unbeknown to the fair few who snide and drawl horrible remarks behind their backs, people with disabilitiescanhear you. For the few who would snide behind the backs of the unfortunate few, try putting yourselves in their shoes – enter their memories and see how much they have suffered due to their disabilities.   

  46% of New Zealanders are disabled. This is not a lifestyle – this is a statistic.   Disability’s like a room full of locked doors. Throughout the room are hinges, each tunable, but only to a certain few.  

People find it acceptable to speak ill of people who might have incurable illnesses. This should stop. I am a teenage boy who knows what devilish things 'normal' people are saying about disabled people and I know these statements are ALL false.

What is a disability? Is it a name, or a word. 'Dis' means the disadvantage of completing a task. 'Ability' is a characteristic of a person. So 'Disability' is merely the inability at completing a task. I can't play chess, so I must be disabled. I would put money on the fact that the Queen of England can't perform a double back-flip whilst making an awful racket with her teeth: she has a disability. A Disability is merely a thing a person can not do.

So, in conclusion, I feel that people are completely spineless when it comes to the ways they treat the disabled community.

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