Disability does not equal inability?

I’m going to take a stab at generating a conversation.  What does the phrase, “Disability does not equal inability” mean to you?  What picture come to mind when you hear that phrase?  Are you thinking of an old guy with bulging eyes?  The fellow I am referring to is a cartoon character, Mr. Magoo.  I loved the show, as a kid.

For me, it is not letting my physical limitations become a prison or an excuse to not have a life.  It is about seeing what is possible; in spite of any barriers.  Does this mean I should hop in a car and drive?  I think not!  Does it mean I shouldn’t go horseback riding?  Truth is, I have done so.  Here is where I did it.  The first time was at a ranch that specialize in horse riding for the blind and other types of disabilities.  The second time was at the Poconos and a small ranch in Phoenix, AZ.  In both cases, they had horses suitable for me to ride.

What does the above scnario has to do with “Disability does not equal inability”?  Just because there are real limitations on what I can do; it doesn’t mean I’m not not able or have an inability  to do it.   I ‘d love to get your comments on this topic.


8 thoughts on “Disability does not equal inability?

  1. Barry,
    My name is Brian Francis Hume and I saw your link on Bob Hartley’s Facebook wall. Out of curiousity I clicked on it and saw your comments about disabilities. Mr. Magoo is a bit behind my times but I’ve heard my mom make mention of him. I was born with hearing impairment before losing all of my hearing in my left ear due to a baseball injury when I was 8 years old. Then when I was in my 20s I started having trouble with my vision and at the age of 29 my driving license was revoked due to diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa. It has been over five years since then and I’ve had to make quite a few adjustments along the way. Nonetheless my faith in Christ has compelled me all the more to be utterly determined to fulfill ALL that I was meant to do. As you know full well, it hasn’t been easy. But in the process God has used my “disability” to make me more Christlike as I’ve had to deal with real issues of anger and frustrations. So thank you for sharing a bit on your new website. God bless you!

    1. Everybody is disabled in some way. It’s a good thing. It means you try harder. I don’t want to sound like Martha Stewart by saying it’s a good thing, but it is. Nobody is perfect, yet the ones that are so called disabled try to fix their impairment. Some peoples disabilities are invisible to the eye. If your heart is right, you are right. If you are happy, you are not disabled.

  2. Hi Barry,

    I think your statement especially applies to individuals with disabilities and employment. Many employers think that a person with a disability cannot perform as well as an able-bodied person–oftentimes, however, these individuals perform as well or better than their colleagues. In hard economic times when even able-bodied individuals experience difficulties finding a job, “disability does not equal inability” should increasingly be a mantra for employers. Goodwill is helping employers realize this and assists individuals with disabilities in achieving their full abilities–it has some firsthand stories from people who embody your statement. http://www.goodwill.org/my-story/

  3. First, I have to say “Wow!” It seems my short post on “Disability does not equal Inability” fared better than I thought. I’m alluding to the page viewed, as reported by Blog Stats.


    Hi Brian and welcome to Inspiration Point. I am glad you took a shot at visiting my site and found it enjoyable.


    Thanks for coming by, Rose. I hope to see you, again.

    That is correct. Some times, I get a sense that I need to elaborate. I guess it is a concern that I may be endorsing “Ignore your limitations”. I’m not. My vision is about 20/200. That is, I have to be 20 feet away to see something that another person sees at 200 feet. Clearly, there are things I can’t or shouldn’t do. Then again, there are workaround and alternatives.

    Audio books anyone? 🙂


    Hi Jenni. I am well aware of Goodwill Industries. When I last dealt with them in ’95, they were just expanding their operations to include Customer Service jobs.

    Hope you and others can come again.

  4. Barry, this is a great accomplishment. I never saw you as disabled in school. Just a little different. but we all are….right?

  5. Hi Barry, thanks for your comments – very useful and I agree entirely – I have just posted to my blog a comment on “Disability does not mean inability” and invite you to take a look. I found your page when I googled “Disability does not mean inability” and I liked what I read. I didn’t provide a link to your page but you are welcome to leave a comment on mine with such a link.

    I have bookmarked your page and will look at it again.

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