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    What's With Dis?

    I am a word person. Words can define an individual or a whole class of people. Take the word "disabled". The prefix "dis" says to us, "not, without,
    out of order, you get the message. I have been searching my mind (shallow territory) for a substitute for disabled. My results are dis-mal at best. I came up with "wheelers, corders, gimpsters, gimpists, rollers." I resisted the AB's labels--"otherabled, differentlyabled, misabled, somewhatabled, and so on. What do you want to to labeld as?
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    but i can settle for that cute girl in the chair
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    I, too, am a word person. I refer to myself as dis, just "dis" as a word of its own, stand alone, in and of itself. It covers the subject of what's up with me physically.

    I got over being PC a helluva long time ago.

    For me, there is more to me than the sum of my disses. Yet, when I refer to the cerebral palsy and SCI and yada, yada, yada affecting my body, dis covers a mutiltude of bodily sins.

    What word or words do you like for referring to us in this post SCI state, Redneck?

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    I dubbed myself a "wobbily hobbily girl" a long time ago.

    and made myself a superhero logo to go with the label.



    As for labels? I care not. I'm broken. I'm disabled. I'm a gimp. I'm a girl. I'm happy and more or less content. I don't care what anyone calls me because I am what I am and if the label is true, I feel I have no call to take offense at it.

    Tht doesn't mean the labels don't hurt - often they do. But what was that phrase.. uh.. "The truth hurts"? yeah. That one. But it's still the truth.

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    I am me. I'm vertically challenged. Don't care for crip or gimp either.

    Nice logo Jeannette.

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    Gimp's OK with me but I favor vertically challanged. "Juat in it for the parking space."er.
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    If you use the word disabled or come up with something which sounds better what is the difference? You are still the same. I am completely happy being me but I have to call myself something. It might as well be acurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck
    I am a word person. Words can define an individual or a whole class of people.
    Agreed. Language shapes thought and that drives perception which creates reality.

    I have been searching my mind (shallow territory) for a substitute for disabled. My results are dis-mal at best. I came up with "wheelers, corders, gimpsters, gimpists, rollers." I resisted the AB's labels--"otherabled, differentlyabled, misabled, somewhatabled, and so on. What do you want to to labeld as?
    Technically speaking, I believe that "people with disabilities" is the most accurate term and I use it in my writing and when I speak publically as much as possible. Person first, qualifier second. It's how a lot of other languages work. English is an exception. That being said, in daily life I use "gimp" most often to refer to myself and when I raced my old car, my friends thought it was ironic to refer to the "little crippled girl who races a Ferrari".

    C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    ...my friends thought it was ironic to refer to the "little crippled girl who races a Ferrari".
    ....That has kind of a 'hot' ring to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpentalic
    ....That has kind of a 'hot' ring to it
    Well, my husband seemed to think so.

    C.

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