[IMAGE] A6 indian ink
What’s this drawing about?
Just lately I can’t walk far or stand for long without getting incredibly fatigued – often meaning I’m ill for days (even weeks) afterwards. A wheelchair means I can do things with my family that might otherwise be impossible.
I don’t need a chair to do everything. It’s about conserving energy to do other things. In fact with my back ‘disease’ it’s a good idea to get out of the wheelchair and stretch once in a while.
Problem is … once I’m in the chair it’s difficult to get out again. The only thing holding me back? Perception.
Getting out of a wheelchair and walking … well, it makes otherwise able people trip and fall over. Do people think I’m a fraud? Or a miracle has occurred?
If I’m in a wheelchair I get to play the ‘disabled’ role but must not step out of that social ‘norm’. If I’m walking and standing (no matter the effort or the personal cost) people’s perception is that I’m able, case-closed (mind closed) and there’s no concessions in the cut and thrust.
There aren’t just two kinds of people – disabled and not. Sitting in a wheelchair doesn’t make me some disabled-zombie stereotype. I’m still as complex as I am out of the chair, still as complex and individual as you.
Part of the 2007 Blogging Against Disabilism Day
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