When Medicare was created for senior citizens and America 's disabled in 1965, about half of a senior's health care spending was on doctors and the other half on hospitals.
How a society treats its disabled is the true measure of a civilization.
For those looking at me, meeting me for the first time, it is the body they see. I am labelled as disabled.
The world worries about disability more than disabled people do.
The disabled people that do sport, they don't think about what they don't have but try to get better with what they do have. That is the same for me.
I've still never had a dream that I'm disabled. Never.
Theoretical physics is one of the few fields in which being disabled is no handicap - it is all in the mind.
Disabled veterans are not a bargaining chip.
In a television interview, I said that diversity in our children's books should include the adventures of disabled children, travellers and gipsies, LGBT teens, different cultures, classes, colours, religions. It shouldn't be a token gesture, nor do such stories need to be 'issue-based'.
The killing of a disabled person is not 'compassionate'. It is not 'euthanasia'. It is murder.
For lots of us, disabled people are not our teachers or our doctors or our manicurists. We're not real people. We are there to inspire.
For me, and for many other people with disabilities, our status as disabled people is one of which we are fiercely proud.
I don't generally talk about medical terms when I discuss my position as a disabled person. I take a social rather than medical approach to disability, and so long Latin names for congenital conditions are not relevant.
I use the term 'disabled people' quite deliberately, because I subscribe to what's called the social model of disability, which tells us that we are more disabled by the society that we live in than by our bodies and our diagnoses.
In my own home, where I've been able to create an environment that works for me, I'm hardly disabled at all. I still have an impairment, and there are obviously some very restrictive things about that, but the impact of disability is less.
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