There are a lot of people with a disability in Australia: over 800,000 people are considered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to have a profound or severe disability that limits their independence in three or more core activity areas.
It’s important not to think that this ‘group’ is homogenous — there’s a lot of diversity captured by the term ‘disability’. But that’s still a lot of people. More significantly, there’s a very real possibility that you and I will be counted in it one day. Disability is almost unavoidable as we age.
Some authors talk about the ‘able-bodied’ as ‘not yet disabled’ or ‘temporarily able-bodied’. I find this quite helpful. It’s a constant reminder of my own frailty and what we have in common.