Disability stereotypes that you will never actually meet : Super Cripple

We have all heard amazing stories of soldiers that have lost a limb, but continue to be a bad ass, or some person with cancer that climbs Mt Everest despite being bald.  Do these people exist?  Yes, of course, but it’s not the norm.  In the AB population, very few people become professional athletes or highly skilled warriors, so why are we constantly bombarded with Super Cripple stories?   No one craps on an AB person that is “average” so why are do people expect people with disabilities to do some extraordinary feat like the athletes in the paraolympics?  Everyone, AB or not, has their own personal struggles.   Think of how upsetting it is for someone that works hard to do “normal ” tasks, such as bathing or transferring from a bed to a wheelchair, to be put down because Super Cripple has set the standards for being a productive gimp.  Does that mean that AB people that aren’t at the top of their game are losers?  I don’t think so, but I try not to make assumptions about a total stranger or make unfair comparisons.  

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12 comments

  1. oldpoet56 · October 8, 2017

    Very good article, very true. I have been totally disabled now since June of 13. I was partly disabled from August of 83 until 13. I used 100% of my physical and mental control ability during that 30 yrs. I am pleased with what I was able to accomplish during that 30 yr span of pain. Now I am truly washed up except for playing here on my computer each day. No complaints, I should have died in Aug of 83, so I look at life as a fact that I have been very blessed.

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    • askagimp · October 8, 2017

      You should be proud. I don’t think that able bodied people realize how much work and effort is put into normal tasks for some of us. I spend a lot of my time online as well. I am so glad that we were able to connect here.

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  2. purpleslobinrecovery · October 15, 2017

    So true!! Thanks for posting this. And the worst is when people can’t see your disability, like mine is mental, plus I have physical too, and just think I’m lazy because I’m fat. Sometimes I just want to yell, “I have hip, knee, and joint problems!! Fat did NOT give me arthritis!!”
    Thanks for the follow!

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  3. stevielounicks · October 16, 2017

    A friend of mine is trying to arrange a Bionic Woman makeover for me lol

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