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Legal issues mount
The article does not address the important legal issues: is there a right to achieve disability or to remain disabled, despite cure available?
If person XY has lost a leg to a train wheel 5 years ago and now a new medication is suddenly discovered that grows back proper limbs without any side-effect, can XY refuse to receive govt-funded treatment and insist on living one-legged?
- The answer is probably no, at least in countries where conscription for military service exists (crippling oneself in order to avoid military service is usually punished by death) - but, if yes, can he demand social welfare support further on?
- Furthermore, does a person enjoy the right to compel medical doctors cut off his/her healthy legs, just because the person feels psycohologically inconvenienced by the sense of legs? (This is no bullshit, one such case was tried in Germany 3 years ago, but I cannot remember the result, if it was reported by the press at all. But the story said the person also wanted to receive a monthly disability aid from the municipal gov't after his legs are cut off...) 188.8.131.52 (talk) 13:58, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
- This article, when complete (it is far from complete at this moment), would in my FIRM opinion not at all be meant for such specific and also potentially highly subjective (read:POV) subject matter as User:184.108.40.206 suggests here. Regardless, WikiProject Disability members and other active contributors to disability articles on Wikipedia should definitely be fleshing out articles like this to be a lot more robust than a few measly lines. I refuse to believe that I'm always going to have to be the one to do such things myself. Come on, all-- get to work. Kikodawgzzz (talk) 18:09, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Thank you es.wikipedia!
As you may have noticed on the article, I have added a new section on the causes of physical disability. It's translated from the equivalent article on es.wikipedia, with help from both babelfish and google translate. That was the only section of the spanish article that I understood enough to translate, so if anyone knows more spanish than me, please go over to the other article and bring more content over here. Escapepea (talk) 20:00, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Article needs expanding
As a member of Wikipedia: WikiProject Disability, I find it ironic that such a major topic could be a stub. This is an article in desperate need of expansion - it could clarify different types of physical disability (including seen versus invisible disabilitie) and say more about technology to help the disabled. It could also do with A LOT MORE wiki-links. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 19:47, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
- This article is lame: it's more like a definition than an article; it smacks of insurance company categories. Is there another, comprehensive article somewhere else at Wikipedia? --Uncle Ed (talk) 18:19, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
Disability and "stigma management"
I am somewhat concerned about this section of this article about the stigma towards younger disabled adults, and so unless someone says otherwise I am removing it.
Taub's research suggest that such stigma can be alleviated by the physically disabled performing physical or athletic activities.
While I agree that obviously rigorous physical activity would eliminate this stigma, I'm wondering what this advice's place is among a community of the physically disabled. It would seem to suggest that because others discriminate against or disregard disabilities, the disabled should involve themselves in sports in order to deceive the public by presenting themselves as healthy and athletic.
This seems dangerous, and not just for personal reasons...also for legal ones.
If presented as advice, the disabled may become self-conscious at the suggestion of stigma and attempt to present themselves as otherwise. The legitimately disabled could end up injuring themselves further.
Even if they do not injure themselves, those tracking individuals with disability benefits can use physical activity as evidence against the individual in order to deny benefits. Insurers who are consistently on the lookout for disability fraud look for this kind of thing all the time.
Advice to the disabled to 'cover up' their appearance to appear normal is not only wrong, but it can to legal trouble. Tangoing with disability insurers is often damaging to the disabled and trying to hide a disability is dishonest and dangerous. The issue of stigma deserves it's own article, and even then I'd list this as controversial.
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Citations with inter-wiki link from Wikipedia page Cripple: "A cripple is a person or animal with a physical disability, particularly one who is unable to walk because of an injury or illness." and "By the 1970s, the word generally came to be regarded as pejorative when used for people with disabilities."
Based onto these facts, I was adding Cripple to Physical_disability#See_also. This has been reverted, reason: "Terminology is discussed in the Disability article" - Very likely because of "Handicap replaced terms that are now considered insulting, such as crippled."
I know about the widespread "Political correctness" - Personal opinion: Words are words and facts are facts, regardless how "nicely" the facts are said, they still remain and concerned people still suffer. - in Anglo-Saxon countries and it was never my intention to offend people with physical disability. My only intentions were to document the change of language or words, thus (young) Wikipedia users get, so to speak a larger picture.