I recently was invited to write a post about a TED talk by Aimee Mullins, a double-amputee who has received world-wide acclaim as an athlete, actress, model, inspirational speaker and innovator for the physically challenged. How we look at so-called disabled people is certainly changing these days, and I was inspired to offer my perspective. Not long ago, I wrote another post in response to a TED talk by another physically challenge person and the focus was how disabled people are much more like us "normal" folk than we realize. But this post has a decidedly different tack to it.
In past generations, when we looked at someone with a physical disability, we felt many different emotions including sympathy, revulsion, fear, embarrassment or "there but by the grace of God go I."