Book Review: Who Cares About Disabled People?

Title: Who Cares About Disabled People?
Author: No one had the guts to claim authorship, though a copyright is held by M. Twinn.
Illustrator: Pam Adams
ISBN: 0-85953-351-4

Portion of a drawing from the book depicting a father with a metal hook hand placing a chimney on top of a doll house as his daughter watches.I picked this book up at a warehouse sale for a  toy store going out of business. The book reads like an encyclopedia of human frailties and failings.

Its message is that we should be accepting of disabled people and "when you are friends you do not notice handicaps." However, almost everyone qualifies as disabled by the author’s many bizarre examples.

Blind, deaf and mute people are dispatched by page two. That leaves 29 pages to address the often forgotten handicapped population.

  • People with brain injuries? Check.
  • Artists who can only paint with their feet? Check.
  • People who drink alcohol? Check.
  • Fat kids eating French fries? Check.
  • Kids taking drugs and smoking? Check.
  • Short people who can’t reach the top shelf at the grocery store? Check.
  • Angry senior citizens who want to drive over children in the road? Check.
  • Dads with metal pinchers for hands? Check.
  • Basketball players bruising their heads walking through low doorways? Check.
  • Child prodigies who practice the violin alone instead of playing team sports? Check.

Perhaps my favorite page is the one advising children to only help disabled people who want your help. This point is illustrated by a man forcibly walking a blind lady across the street. The woman appears horrified and her guide dog watches in confusion from the sidewalk.

Don’t get me wrong. I agree with the author’s core premise. Disabilities are everywhere. The rest of us are just temporarily-abled. However, the author has a very confused idea about the definition of a disability. I’ll define it broadly as hinderances caused by genetics, injury or aging.  As broad as that is, my definition still doesn’t include kids huffing drugs, drinking beer or gorging themselves on fast food. Those people aren’t worthy of being labeled disabled.

Also in this series:

Four drawings spliced together of a kid huffing drugs from a paper bag,  a basketball player bumping his head walking through a doorway, a kid holding a beer can and a fat kid eating French fries.

See also: Daddy Types Bizarre Children’s Book Review Contest


6 Responses to “Book Review: Who Cares About Disabled People?”

  1. dennis says:

    Wow! I gotta get that series!!

    July 10th, 2006 at 8:44 pm

  2. The Zero Boss says:

    Man, if I’d have known that being a child prodigy could score me handicapped parking spaces, I wouldn’t have wasted all those years of my youth watching VOLTRON.

    July 10th, 2006 at 9:18 pm

  3. Mark says:

    Form Blazing Sword!

    Oops — what?

    July 10th, 2006 at 10:58 pm

  4. Linda says:

    Being the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, I am wondering whether this book does anyone any good, or is just another scheme money maker because of its controversial title. I am not an expert on disabilities, but I have been learning these 3 1/2 years with my daughter that society is quite ignorant in what true disabilities really are. Although my kiddo qualifies for a handicap parking pass (even though she is only 3 years old!), we will never apply for one. There are too many other people that are truly handicapped that need to park closer. Her ‘handicap’ is that she is sweet, kind, loving, and full of joy. Hmmm, sounds like she is perfect, and the rest of us might be the ones who are not. Nonetheless, we enjoy the long walk from our car to the store as it keeps us healthy. It is very sad that in the year 2008, we still suffer from people who are simply ignorant in understanding what disabilities really are. I do believe we should consider them the disabled ones!

    October 14th, 2008 at 7:29 am

  5. navi says:

    substance dependence is a disability.

    and a prodigy could be disabled if they happened to be disabled in other aspects.

    August 1st, 2009 at 3:27 pm

  6. navi says:

    oh, and I’ve been debating getting a pass for my autistic son because he’s a flight risk who is rather large for his age (height wise, he’s lean, but still heavy). I don’t need it for tiny lots but huge ones where my options are take him across a long distance and risk him running in front of a car and getting hit or use one of 20 open handicap spots? I think I need to contact my secretary of state.

    August 1st, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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