Disability And Disability

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One concept that I found to be very important comes from the reading over Privilege, Power, and Difference. The part that stuck out most was when Johnson said, “Reducing people to a single dimension of who they are separates and excludes them, marks them as “other”, as different from “normal” (white, heterosexual, male, nondisabled) people and therefore as inferior” (19). After reading this particular quote, I realized that I tend to do this a lot. When I see people around me with some sort of disability, I begin to call them by that disability. For example, there was a girl at my high school who was a quadriplegic, so she was restricted to a manual wheelchair throughout the school day. I, along with many of my classmates, would often refer to her as “the girl in the wheelchair” so she was easy to find in a crowd. Another example of a time that I found myself referring to someone by their disability is when I used to watch my best friend’s autistic cousin. I used to refer to him as the “autistic kid”, and this made it a lot easier for people to know who I was talking about because he was the only autistic boy in his grade. Although referring to these people by some sort of disability makes it easier for people to recognize who they are, it also makes it easier for others to recognize their disability.
This entire concept traces back to the idea of social construction, and what makes someone different. During class, we discussed that things are socially constructed
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