The Importance of Disability Representation in Everyday Life

The Importance of Disability Representation in Everyday Life

Growing up, I didn’t understand the obstacles I would face. As a kid, I wondered why my legs didn’t work like others and why I had to use a walker for mobility. I did not understand disability and wanted to run like the other children. As I got older and into adulthood, I realized I more likely than not see the world differently than those who do not use a wheelchair. I notice curbs not perfectly flat, steps inconveniently placed, and other disruptions that others blissfully get to ignore. However, I cannot say that the world around me is all negative. As I have grown up, the experiences listed above have improved as disabilities become less taboo and are not only seen more on television and film but in the world around us.

2 responses to “The Importance of Disability Representation in Everyday Life”

  1. Inform the world of your view and hopefully, they will see it too.

    1. Thank you, I am hoping to do just that.

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About Me

Hi, my name is Sabrina; I grew up in Mill Valley, California, and I love to visit when possible. I now live in Los Angeles, California.

Growing up using a wheelchair I knew my life would be very different. But I didn’t see people that looked like me until I started playing wheelchair basketball as a teenager. Then, in college, the visibility of disabilities grew (in my opinion and experience).

After graduation, I worked for the Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust, which helps people with disabilities supplement their government benefits with affordable, professional special needs trust services.

After leaving that job, I eventually got my paralegal certificate and currently work in Family Law.

Throughout my life, I realized the importance of representation and of people who look like you and have a similar experience. My experience as a wheelchair user may be different than others, but it may prove helpful for someone else.