The Dichotomy Of Disability...
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Sat Apr 29 08:28:45 PDT 2000
Q: "Are you disabled?"
No - certainly not. I can't run a marathon - but then I never could. I
can't pilot a space shuttle either - so?
Most of us spend our time doing the things we want to do. It may take a
little creative thinking or a few minutes longer but we get the job done.
We feed ourselves, interact with others in a normal way and communicate
just fine thank you very much! No, personally I don't drive at night as my
night vision is poor but that's not what I'd call a "disability". Lots of
others don't drive at night.
There are services in our area that will provide transport but first you
are required to prove how "disabled" you are. A recent new member of our
support group (BK) was refused these benefits because she *can* walk. Poor
kid can barely make it down to the end of the hall where our meetings are
Then along comes tax time and my planner advises me that there's a $3200.
exemption if my doctor certifies that I AM "disabled". What a ridiculous
situation. None of us would hesitate to claim that extra room as a home
office if it meant a tax benefit but I, for one am troubled by the concept
of selling my self-respect for $3200.
I'll match wits with anyone, converse intelligently about just about
anything and debate on issues I have a handle on. So ask me if I'm
"disabled" and I'll answer with a resounding "No"... unless you're the
James F.L. Stewart
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
Frost, Robert. 1920. Mountain Interval
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