Disabilities

In American culture a unsettling issue with many Americans is interactions with those who have disabilities. Parents often scold kids when they are very young when they see someone with a disability to “not stare or point.” Often times the subconscious message given off is to ignore people with disabilities and to “just keep looking forward.” This shows a form of inequality toward people with disabilities. The story of the article talks about a woman’s experience with a man who greets people at the door of her local grocery store. While she comments on his genuine kindness and ability to brighten her day with his smile. The problem she has is that she does not know his name because that would require her to look down at his name tag which might seem like her looking down on him because of him being confined to a wheel chair. In our culture people with disabilities are treated as second-class citizens in the way people feel and treat them unequally and have their self image damage by daily insults such as people looking away. an Estimated 32 million people in the United States have a disability and some of the most able and strong people in the United States. Culturally there should be an different perspective on the way people with disabilities are treated and approached, with a change in the way situations are handled we can make changes to the inequality in that people with disabilities unfairly receive.

http://popanth.com/article/looking-under-disability-the-anthropology-of-impairment

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