Yes, I agree with Tom wholeheartedly. Furthermore, to assume all elderly
people become disabled is an ageist stereotype which was disputed by a
metastudy Betty Friedan conducted in the 1990's, a book titled, The Fountain of
Beth Omansky, Ph.D.
Portland, OR, USA
In a message dated 7/24/2009 5:14:44 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
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"This does however miss one major factor in life, that is, that at some
another, we all are all disabled. Some for a short time but many others,
permanently such as in old age. "
Whilst many (perhaps most) people will at some time other experience
temporary IMPAIRMENT even for a long period. I am unconvinced that this is the
same as the ongoing grinding effect of the wider social barriers disabled
people face. 4 months in a wheelchair with a broken leg might well give you
insight into issues of access but probably not into discrimination,
stereotyping and institutionalised barriers.
I had an interesting experience last year when as a long time wheelchair
user I broke my leg and was in a cast for some weeks. The way I was treated
as someone who looked "temporarily injured" rather than disabled was
fascinating. I even had one caring soul at the Ortho's clinic demand to know why
I "Got a wheelchair" when they had to struggle on crutches!
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