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The Crossroads of the Aether

As I'm sure you're aware of, the word "disabled" means having a condition that stops a person from joining in on everyday activities. The issue with being disabled is that people who are disabled would be able to not be so if it weren't for society's inability to cater for everyone's needs. 


Lets go back to a much older time, like, really far back when people were really short and labeled any kind of mental condition as a local idiot or slammed them into an insane asylum. As time went on, people began to learn more, and change. Society learnt to change things for the increasing size of people, so they made the houses bigger and the doors bigger and even the windows, even though the gardens grew smaller, but that's another matter entirely. Society learnt to cater for those needs. When it came to mental and physical conditions, the doctors of the age learnt more about them, and through trial and error managed to come up with many ways to help people.


Now we come to oh-so-fabulous modern day with our fancy technology and bla bla bla. However now it seems we don't seem to be doing all too much to aid people, when there are some changes that could easily help such as making more homes easily accessible to people in wheelchairs, or my most favourite idea of all. Teach sign language as a second language in all schools!


Once I think of more weird things that I like to think about, I'll write them down. If I remember.


 Bess out.

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Comment by Happalonia Green on June 25, 2011 at 9:06am
The thing I've found about increasing accessability (for one thing making the damn word easier to spell, frickity frackity) is that it makes life easier for EVERYONE. The doors that open with a push? It saves energy from the all electric all the time, but when one needs help, because one is in a walker, or because one has once again carried too much damn stuff in one trip, it's there. 

A friend's son is hard of hearing, and he had a cued speech interpreter for all of his classes, including French. All the kids who were in his classes did better because they picked up cued speech pretty quickly, and then had both the auditory and the visual inputs in all of their lessons. Specifically the kids in his French class did demonstrably better than kids in other French where the visual reinforcement was not present. 

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