My definition of disability has definitely changed. First of all, I really don’t like using the term because of its inherent negative connotation, and I would rather use different ability instead. The point where my perspective changed was actually the Aimee Mullins Ted talk. Hearing her talk about her experience as a double amputee, made me consider what really is disabling. I have come to the conclusion that it isn’t whatever it is that we are born with or the experiences that we have that make one deemed “disabled”, it is the words that people use to group people in order to place them in a “box” and separate them. Often times what is forgotten when people think about or look at people of different abilities is that those individuals are human beings. and what we all share is the essence of being a human being: the human spirit. This applies to any one that feels that they are being separated from society. Someday talking about disability isn’t a thing because that is when people will be accepted for being people. People come in all different shapes and sizes, and each person has something important to share; each has a story to tell.
If we had more time, I would have wanted to have more individual perspectives of each othe the topics that we touched, because I believe that this is when we can really learn. I would definitely consider taking more course related to disability awareness because I would hope that it would allow for the start of this image of disability to start changing it around hopefully. I think that this course might fit into something like peace and justice because it is a societal issue that surrounds the acceptance of people with different abilities. I am really glad that I decided to take this course because it gave me some perspective that I hadn’t had before surrounding this culture. I like that there was a connection with Level and I think this could be exploited more because knowledge about different ability is something that should be focused on more in Level. This relationship should definitely continue.