A Writer And Social Critic

1297 WordsSep 18, 20156 Pages
k: Craniodiaphyseal dysplasia A famous English writer and social critic, Charles Dickens, once said “Try not to associate bodily defect with mental, my good friend, except for a solid reason.” According to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal laws refers to a person with a disability as "Any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment." Over the years, perceptions towards disability have been significantly changing as result of the long pathway the disable community has taken fighting for Civil Rights, inclusion and against discrimination. Unfortunately, this last one has not been totally accomplished yet. Barriers to social integration still exist in the society. Perhaps the greatest barrier is not the disability itself; is the attitude of people. Generalized idea or attitudes toward certain individuals and groups are called stereotypes. Laurie Block from The Disability History Museum states that the word 'stereotypes ' suggests that the image perceived or the attitude is unconsidered, naive, the by-product of ignorance or unfamiliarity. Going back in history we see famous cases of disabled people and the stories of how they dealt with their condition and social stigma. One of them was Roy Lee Dennis, an American boy diagnosed with craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a rare, sclerotic bone disorder. His story
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