Monday, July 10th, 2006
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
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:
- Who Cares About Race and Colour?
- Who Cares About Elderly People?
- Who Cares About Law and Order?
- Who Cares About Special People?