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What is Disability?

  • Fairgo (67 posts)
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    What is Disability?

    Roughly 10-12% of the global population can be identified by the generic “disability” label.  This is a significant bloc and with rising poverty, an aging population, and chronic disease, it’s growing.  But what is it? How is it defined? Do people with disability self-identify as such? If so, what does it mean to them – individually and collectively?

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  • Lynetta (644 posts)
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    1. Disabled is needing help to live a healthy life.

    If you wait for Social Security to approve your disability claim most wait 5 years but you are still disabled, but legality getting help is a problem. But lately getting any help while legally disabled has the same problem.

    If you wait for your doctor to approve that you are disabled HMO regulations and federal laws might interfere with that diagnosis despite the fact that the average face time with doctors is 15 minutes and many disabilities cannot be proved by a commercial test. Some diagnosis such as MS are done over time.

    If you claim yourself disabled it isolates you from a large part of the population who disengage for a number of reasons. If you don’t claim yourself disabled a lot of help is unavailable to you. Either way disabled people in America are punished.

    Our society has hot and cold empathy for others and the rules are often made by online memes based on politics not common sense or the religious urging to help others as a requirement or pillar of being a good person.  Do-gooders are mocked. The Fundamental “Get out of any abomination free” card has complicated modern American’s Christians behavior towards the disabled. I fear we sometimes equate one feel good news story of someone being helped as absolving most people of any action on their part. Disclaimer: I do help others when I can it is part of my life plan.


    • Fairgo (67 posts)
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      2. Legal definition is important

      Thank you for sharing. Labels cut both ways. You need them to navigate the system, they open doors to service.  But they also shut doors in service and in the minds of others. Your insight about isolation is interesting.  Can you expand on that thought?

      • VoiceOfReason (930 posts)
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        3. IMO

        disability is being unable to provide yourself with the basic necessary things to enable you to stay alive because you have a physical or mental illness that prevents you from working. In order to live you need basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care for mental and physical illnesses.

        When you are disabled and there is no one to help you, you die.

        Most of the power elite establishment wants the country to rely on social Darwinism.

        Code words:  “personal responsibility”.

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!
        • Fairgo (67 posts)
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          4. Thanks for that

          That is another facet of disability…with a hard focus on a stilted view of the social contract. As the words above the gate at Auschwitz promised, “Arbeit macht frei”.  It was a lie then, it is a lie now.  You may be interested to know that the eugenics movement in the United States was embraced by Nazi doctors and doctrine, leading to the a new institutional home for the “useless eaters” (people with developmental/psychiatric/etc. disabilities), leading to mass euthanasia, leading to the extermination camps and the final solution.

          If our value to society is only our capacity to work…are we not all slaves?