It's important to me, however, that I'm able to relate the experience of severe disability to a universal audience. I want to make sure the character expresses his worldview in a powerful way.
For example, you can close your eyes, but that doesn't help you truly understand blindness.
Every so often I hear about some sociology professor who gives everyone a disability for a day. People come up to me and tell me how they learned to understand my limitations and frustrations because they borrowed a wheelchair and went to the mall. If they want to understand my frustrations, they should borrow a wheelchair and go to a job interview.
Whether you have been disabled your entire life, or spent your life in perfect physical condition, I want to get your perceptions on true disability.
What do you feel is the worst part about being disabled? Please be very specific. You can choose any disability, but please limit yourself to physical disabilities such as mobility impairment, blindness, deafness, dwarfism etc. I realize that physical disabilities often coexist with cognitive, emotional or learning impairments. But for the sake of this question, focus on the primary disability being physical.
Try to identify one single worst aspect of disability.
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