What is the challenge to having a disability? By Lorre Leon Mendelson

As a disabled woman, I’m going to do the Story Corps thing. I have seen many facets of disabled people that you don’t want to see. Some people are bitches, some aren’t. Some just don’t know how to act. Oftentimes, disabled individuals with blindness are sheltered to the point where they must live in sheltered care. It’s really sad. The worst thing about having a disability is that people see you in an incompetence prison cell. I have a boyfriend, also blind, and we want to be married. The thing is that I’d love to marry him, but a guardianship prevents it. I’m in the process of evaluations and stuff to prove that no, I don’t enjoy hurting others, but I do personally take pleasure in the bad guys going to jail. I had to take the MMPI before, and the first time I did, it was invalid because of all the adult questions on there. Things about sex just weren’t right to ask a young girl who had been sheltered too much. My parents also got notice that I would need an attendant in school, would be unemployable. I’m now 28 years old, and the testing picks up on negative views of mother and father. You wonder why.

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What is the challenge to having a disability?
Lorre Leon Mendelson

April 13, 2015

What is the challenge to having a disability? Nothing. People I’ve met with disabilities don’t view disability as problematic or something to overcome unless told so by others.  We are not brave or courageous by definition of disability. The problem is not social reaction to us, the challenge is reaction to disability. Rather than recognized for our academic, athletic or professional accomplishments; we are celebrated or disparaged for perceived differences.

One person who is blind is often asked, how long have you been blind, can’t you see anything? can you sign your name?  joking about his blindness to him. In a gathering few come over to say hello to him. Why? We believe eyes are the “window to the soul.” What happens when people:
  • Cannot make eye contact to connect with others? Isolation.
  • Cannot access businesses because of steps…

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Author: denverqueen

My name is Beth. I'm blind from birth and enjoy the blogging atmosphere. I am a creative person, a musician, a writer, etc. This is me. Take it or leave it.

One thought on “What is the challenge to having a disability? By Lorre Leon Mendelson”

  1. A very well written post beth! and as I said to you on Skype, the only challenge to disability is the attitude of people who don’t have disabilities but my thing is this. If I speak out about attitudes towards disabilities from non disabled individuals I’m castigated for it and given a talking to when I either get into the car to go home or when I get home as it’s considered bad behaviour in public. Often I’m threatened that I won’t be going out in public ever again if I speak out about something but I’m always told to use my discression but there are times using discression can get fucked.


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