The English actor, Warwick Ashley Davis has said that [t]he world worries about disability more than disabled people do.
People with disabilities and ideas and attitudes related to disability are everywhere in American history. The disabled have been scorned, pitied, locked away from society, murdered, used for experiments, seen as inspirational and and even “superhuman.”
The often arbitrary categories that identify people and the words that describe them have shifted across eras and locations. For example, concepts of beauty and comeliness were different when physical injury, smallpox marks, and other scarring were more common. Nor has how or if a person uses words always been a universal measure of worth. People process information in many different ways.
The images and quotes found at WinAhead’s Pinterest page are but a sampling of the thoughts, ideas attitudes that people with and without disabilities have expressed over time.