Rockin’ Disability In Spite Of

wotm instagram susan“Our culture of reality TV and aggressiveness leads to some strange personal interactions. When you wield a white cane, you never know what you’re gonna get.” ~Susan Kennedy, Adventures In Low Vision

Sadly, there’s a lot of truth to Susan’s quote when using a white cane or any other type of mobility tool for that matter. Yet we press onward, in spite of. Never let anyone or anything prevent you from pursuing your best life!

Image: Susan is in the grocery store standing in front of her grocery cart with her white cane in her right hand.


  1. You know, now that you mention it, the media plays a significant role in all of this because there are very few if any representation of people with disabilities physically apparent in the field. If we saw more representation across all segments of society then we could say we are on the verge of real inclusion which in turn would enable people to respond differently. Sweeping disabilities under the rug or not actively promoting inclusion only maintains this sense of mystery and lack of understanding on how to treat those with disabilities. To your point on people offering assistance this one can be a little tough because some people are so touchy on both sides. Which is why I think if we were to see a more accurate portrayal of people with disabilities participating in all areas of society it would be for the greater good of everyone.

  2. It’s sad that people can rude to someone with a disability. I do think part of it may be the media – because we don’t want to say something inappropriate that might hurt someone’s feelings, we just don’t say anything and look away. Fortunately, there are a lot of considerate people here in the South. I had to use crutches for a while a couple of years ago. When I went into the grocery store, someone always asked if they could help me. Now that I have written that, I wonder….Maybe people don’t want to say, “Can I help you?” to someone who is carrying a white cane, because they don’t want to offend. I don’t know. Maybe I am just trying to make excuses for those of us who are sighted. At any rate, I am sorry if people are rude, or worse yet, mean and inconsiderate (or aggressive).

  3. It is sad how much emphasis society in general places on outward appearance. I’ve heard of people losing a significant amount of weight and they’re still seen as fat by their peers who knew them before and after. ☹️

  4. Wow!! They lost your wheelchair? Sad, whenever there’s a lack compassion.

    I think it’s largely because we just don’t know how to treat people out of what we may consider the norm. My son laughs when people go to great lengths not to look at me with my cane. But it’s almost like a no-win situation because on one hand people are rude if they stare and rude if they pretend they don’t know where to look. Geez, if we’d just get a grip and treat people like people then we’d be a little further ahead.

  5. I was in a full leg cast for a year and sometimes had to use a wheelchair or crutches. I was astonished by how many people could not meet my eye. In Stockholm, they lost my wheelchair and didn’t give a hoot.

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