How Many Of You Have A Disability?
Disabilities can seriously affect who people are and what they do in life. Even in this day and age, society is long on what s/he is 'unable' to do and short on means and alternatives of compensating for it.
I am a cyclist with three disabilities: I'm legally bind (20/400 acuity), epileptic, and have glaucoma. None of these are badges of honor. However, I've been able to compensate for them fairly well. To address my legal blindness, I wear a special pair of eyeglasses with a small telescope so that I'm able to see traffic, road signs, etc. while riding. This feature earned me the nickname of "Telescope". Medical science has been fortunate enough so that I can keep epileptic seizures at bay (most of the time). As for the glaucoma, I'm able to cope by taking special eyedrops. Due to my eyesight disabilities, Doctors had once recommended that I not take up bicycling. After doing so anyway and successfully completing many long distance bicycling adventures, they now support me in it. I earned my current nickname of Powerhouse from having the ability to ride very fast when I want to and, on long rides, from having the energy to go the distance while leaving other cyclists behind. This is quite something despite having to deal with the disabilities I live with.
I could go on about how my disabilities have affected me in other areas of life (jobs that I am unable to do, activities that aren't possible, etc.) but will keep it to bicycling since that is what this chatroom site is for. You may choose the extent of how much you wish to discuss.
So: How many of you have a disability? What alternatives do you use or how do you compensate?