I have been hobbling around on crutches for a week now due to reconstructive foot surgery, and getting about has not been easy, yet I have learned a little about the disabled, and what they have to deal with daily.
After the healing of such will come months of doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and mental adjustments on my behalf (seeing surgical pins sticking out of my toes, knowing that there are rods in my feet permanetly doesn't rest well in my mind), I will be walking not only with crutches, but also with a walker, and eventually a walking cane before I can do it again without the assistance of support devices.
My disability is temporary, dependant on time, proper healing, and hard work, yet there are many individuals who have disabilities that are permanent, such as Blindness, Deafness, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Extremity Amputations, and MS (just to name a few).
I have always respected those who have disabilities, but now my respect for them has increased immensely due to my frustrating experience of trying to maintain my mobility, needless to say the floor and I have become reacquainted as friends due to a few falls!
(We haven’t been this close to one another since my early days as a toddler)
Regardless of the disability, they all have some things in common, they require changes, and accommodation adjustments such as accessibility issues to be resolved in order to simplify things that we may (at times) take for granted, there is also the need to have the barriers of discrimination based on disabilities eliminated!
My battles are based on my personal experiences in life, either directly, or indirectly, and have included Autism and Deafness in children.
My new cause is fighting for the disabled to have the barriers removed that make their every day life harder than it should be.
All because I had trouble getting around town on crutches.
And I thought that being diagnosed with, and having diabetes was bad ….
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