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March 27, 2010

disABILITY: 'Disability' is all a matter of how you look at, define it


Someone with any given limitation inevitably adapts and finds creative ways to effectively manage circumstances that threaten to limit them.

So, if that person is carrying on with life like any other normally flawed human being, why then do we look at them and still see this disabled individual, even if we consider them to be an amazingly functioning dysfunction?

As this column is named “disABILITY,” the point has always been and will always continue to be that nobody is totally disabled, just as nobody is totally perfect.

Whether we’ve had the “disability” label tattooed on our foreheads by society or not, we are all the same. We have strengths and weaknesses. And on top of that, from time to time, we all find that our strengths can end up being our biggest downfall, or our weaknesses turn out to be our greatest asset.

Kate Pavlacka, a graduate of the State University College at Oneonta, has been totally blind for about a dozen years. Her columns can be found at

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