The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~Scott Hamilton
I don’t know about this quote. There are real disabilities that are very tough to deal with. I got a tiny glimpse of what that might be like today. The local M.S. Society challenged me to spend some time in a wheelchair to mark the 20th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act.
I met Fred Schwartz, ( who has been in a wheelchair with MS for eight years), and Karen Mariner (who is on the M.S. staff) at NBC 10 this morning.
In some ways I’m still moved and shaken by my experience. I thought it would be easy. It wasn’t. It was eye opening and humbling and at times I felt vulnerable and scared. That’s the truth. It may be one of the most mentally challenging firsts I’ve done.
I’m not sure this story really conveys all that happened, but perhaps it gives you an idea.
I think I have good upper body strength but my arms hurt. Walkways that looked like they should be pretty easy nearly threw me.
Fred told me you just get used to things like restaurants not having enough room to maneuver, no handicapped parking available, or not enough space to get his wheelchair out of his car.
It’s a whole different view of the world when you’re sitting in a wheelchair. I think it’d be a little different world if everyone had to spend just an hour in a wheelchair. It should be required in every school.
Special Thanks to Ann, Karen and Fred at the MS Society for bringing me this enlightening First.