Disabled

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe and suffer. While he can dull his chronic physical...
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A Lesson In Humility: My Dive with Harry

A few days ago my friend invited me to go diving with a group of disabled divers. He told me that one group member, Harry, is a quadriplegic who is one of the best divers he's ever trained. Harry can't use his legs. He has limited use of his arms. But he can control his buoyancy and trim, and with those two tools he rides the currents like a sea otter.

A Visit With Bob Dole, the Last Centralist

When Bob Dole subsequently offered me the job as his press secretary, I at first resisted. What I subsequently came to learn over the next several years was that Bob Dole was at heart a centralist, a pragmatist, a problem-solver. Unlike some of his colleagues, he understood and enjoyed the machinery of the Senate.
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Brian Sinclair Was 'Ignored to Death'

'Medicalization' is the term used by sociologists to describe the tendency to understand aspects of social life as medical issues requiring intervention and control on the part of medicine. In Sinclair's case, he became stigmatized as a homeless person -- mentally ill, an addict.

Why Do We Ignore Those With Disabilities?

In our work abroad, we've seen the incredible challenges that those with disabilities face in developing countries. Many children with learning and physical disabilities face corporal punishment in a school that sees kids with disabilities as people who simply don't work hard enough.