The Martha’s Vineyard experience suggests strongly that the concept of handicap is an arbitrary social category. And if it is a question of definition, rather than a universal given, perhaps it can be redefined, and many of the cultural preconceptions summarized in the term “handicapped”, as it is now used, eliminated.
The most important lesson to be learned…is that disabled people can be full and useful members of a community if the community makes an effort to include them. The society must be willing to change slightly to adapt.
Nora Ellen Groce, “Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language” (via thelegalizeddeafies)
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