How do you define "disabled"?
To me, when I think of a disabled person, I picture someone in a wheelchair, or a person using a sight sensing cane or with a guide dog, or even someone using sign language to communicate.
I qualify for the disability tax credit, have a parking permit, receive a disability pension from Veteran's Affairs, will be receiving LTD when I'm released from the military, walking is painful, my leg or knees give out and because of that I should probably use a cane or another form of assistance, the thought of running is just laughable and I have strict weight lifting restrictions. But even with all of that, I don't define myself as being "disabled".
I've seen many people here say they are disabled, and just wondered, how do you define being disabled? Am I just looking at my reflection in some magic mirror through rose coloured glasses, is it a state of mind, is it just a convenient label for the government with regards to certain benefits, or is it just simply that we can no longer do certain things?
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own