I think it's sevral things Jeff.
One: The obvious argument, you stick out with, say a wheelchair or a cane or something....however that leads to a related if tangential point....why certain disabilities are more 'accepted' than others
Secondly: The idea that, or perception that disabled people in general are weaker or not able to do certain things.
It ties into the general perception of what is disabled, I mean the symbol is a wheelchair, right? So....naturally, people associate disability with not being able to do stuf and thus have a mindset in certain cultures that it's a weaker group of people.
I touched on this briefly in point 2 but.....
Had a friend who was of Thai descent in college and she spoke more Thai than English , but her culture had a totally different way of viewing disability than say a Western nation. I'll take it a step futher and throw religious and cultural views into the mix, some sects of various religions believe disability o any kind to be punishment for sins, for years the oft told tale was masturbating would make you go blind. Each culture has its own way how it views disability however based on a whole range of factors
Four: How various disabled groups present themselves:
I'l refer back to the militant blind activist groups and autism activist groups here, they present to the world at large their views and those views quickly get taken up as the views of an entire set of people, at least if you believe everything you read, which a lot of people do. Even if there's several moderate people in either group the perception (which isn't helped by the extremists) is that all blind people or all autistic activists are militant flag waving anarhists hell bent on toppling a world that they don't like and basically, fuck the rest of the world, it's all about them...rightly or wrongly that's the perception of such groups.
Also on the subject of entitlement....@Orco:
I'd argue you could come off as partly entitled for taking free stuff but at the same time society is enabling you to be entitled by showering you with free stuff, it's arguable if you absolutely need every single thing they're throwing at you
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