Let’s face it, people in wheelchairs live on the fringes of society. Many of us break our way in, whether through jobs, family or friends, but overall we’re still considered “fringers.” Society loves putting us there.
It’s not rocket science to understand why either. When you’re not the same as everybody else in a human society, this happens. Religion and race can be hard enough for people to get over, asking them to look past a disability can be nearly impossible, unless they’ve had direct experience with someone with a disability that is, and then it’s a completely different story.
For example, my sister starting at age 7 had someone in her family with a major disability (me). She’s always known a full-time wheelchair-user, so for her, when she hap