In my quest to bring you this blog I have encountered one big problem, finding pictures for various posts. Many times I look for pictures that give a true representation of the disabled. When I search diligently through the many jpeg. files that relate to the disabled…let’s just say many are stereotypical.
When some people think of someone with disabilities I guess the tendency is to think we are all alike. In many minds we are old, feeble, use canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Youth is rarely thought about when it comes to disabilities. They may believe we are not into fashion or care about what our hair looks like. Many do not see the real us.
Looking through hundreds of files I rarely come across pictures that accurately represent the diverse population of the disabled. I believe things are beginning to change, however, most of society sees us in a certain way and only time will change that.
Don’t get me wrong, the people in the pictures are beautiful, however, that is just a small segment of the disabled population. Disabled comes in many shapes and sizes. Not everyone that uses a cane is elderly. There are many that use adaptive devices at young ages. I have seen many attractive people living their disabled lives and thriving. Here is a great representation of a beautiful young women in a wheelchair. We need more pictures like this!
That is why I began writing, Rock that Cane. I believe that we can, Rock It, no matter the degree or severity of our disability. We are important individuals who have much to give to the world. Let's change the stereotype embedded into the mindset of society, and let's Rock It! How you Rock It is up to you. Everyone's definition is different. I use bright colorful canes and try to stay current on fashion trends, and most of all I try to participate in life and not shy away, ( Last week I even went snowmobiling) even if my legs are rebelling.
How do you, Rock it?