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Oh no! How will you be able to work while you’re confined to the wheelchair?

I had surgery on both feet on Friday. In speaking with some folks just prior to the surgery, I received the following comments: “Oh no! How will you be able to work while you’re confined to the wheelchair”?, “I guess you will have to cancel your out-of –town speaking engagements for a while”. These comments, though not meant to be hurtful in any way, reminded me once again of how quickly we equate someone’s ability to work or travel with their ability to walk or be able-bodied. In fact, even the word, “confined” illustrates how the perspectives of people without physical or other disabilities need to change to realize the productivity, profitability and potential of the special needs workforce (the subtitle of my book, DIVE IN). Keep in mind, when it comes to disability and most forms of diversity, perspective is everything.