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That was quite kind of you. And yes: "One way or another, at one too many times or another, we find ourselves blocked in when all we’re trying to do is live a normal life." Practical assistance (like more handicapped spots, better access in general) would go a long way. I read a good piece a few months back about hotels and how their claims of being "wheelchair accessible" were laughable -- you had to go down a long alley and use the service lift to reach the conference area, etc. (Compassion instead of pity would be good, too.)

Other thoughts: The first season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has Larry David and a friend helping a blind man they meet by chance who winds up being quite nasty. The episode doesn't convey much insight into disability, but it did at least break the saintly stereotype (as intended).

I have a friend with a chronic disease who facilitates support groups about it. She once met with a cancer survivors' group and mentioned something about a new NIH study or something for her disease. The group got huffy and said, 'Oh. We didn't think anything was more important than cancer.' She was taken aback, but later, also found it amusing.

We can get caught up in our own crap. I try to follow the "maybe he's having a bad day," principle and not take things personally. I don't always succeed. But it's a good principle.

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