Imagine a disability you can’t see
from CBC.ca archives | Mon, 11 Apr 2005
From a column by Hélèna Katz
What do you think of when someone says the word “disabled?” Most people picture someone in a wheelchair trying to squeeze themselves through a narrow doorway. Many people, like me, have a disability you can’t see. I have a visual impairment and can’t see clearly for more than a few feet in front of me.
That’s why you wouldn’t want me behind the wheel of a car. Driving is one of the few things I simply can’t do. I still get up in the morning, work as a journalist, buy groceries and line up at the bank. But throughout my day I’m constantly adapting to a world created for people who see better than I do....
I wish non-disabled people would remember that we’re adapting to their world – one that wasn’t made with our needs in mind. For me, adapting is an exercise in creativity that often leads to simple solutions and encourages me to be a creative thinker in all aspects of my life.