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Disabilities need not limit achievements

In reading the New York Times obituary of disability rights attorney Paul S. Miller, I came across this bit of his wisdom.

“Good health is not the absence of a disability,” he wrote in a paper called “Avoiding Genetic Genocide.” “Scientists caught up in the excitement of genetic discovery can forget that life with a disability can still be a rich and fulfilling life.”

It is, of course, easy to forget that, even for those of us close to people with disabilities. Our thoughts can fall into the old trap of pity. Too bad for Miller, you might think, that he had to struggle through life with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.

I didn’t know Miller, but I bet he would tell you where you could put your pity.

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