Last week, I had a startling revelation thanks to a good friend of mine.
As a sociologist, this friend always has amazing insight into people that just makes me grin with glee. This week was no exception.
We were discussing some social differences between America and Europe/Asia.
She says at one point “In America, if someone is blind, or deaf, or in a wheelchair, we refer to them as having a disability. In Europe, they believe someone is only disabled if they are not provided everything they need to function.”
I was pretty blown away.
If you don’t have a ramp, you are disabling someone in a wheelchair. If you don’t provide braille or headphones, you are disabling the blind and hard of hearing.
How many times do you disable someone? I am deeply ashamed to realize I disable people all the time.
Something to ponder and a great opportunity to improve humanity.