People With Disabilities Enjoy Life
People with disabilities enjoy life, so why do people say they are unhappy. Disability is often seen as failure, lack of independence and not able to do things. Able bodied people feel sorry for disabled people – because of the false assumption that people with disabilities must be living in misery.
This assumption is known as “disability paradox”. Surveys reveal people with disabilities consistently report a quality of life the same as and even better than able bodied people.
Being disabled doesn’t mean your quality of life changes. In fact, research shows that people with spinal cord injury aren’t phased by their physical ability.
Clinical evidence of whether their spinal lesion is high or low, complete or not – are aspects that affect functioning, doesn’t make a difference to their quality of life. To live a good quality life is possible even when you don’t have sight, can’t walk or are totally physically dependant on others.
People with disabilities from birth – don’t know anything different. For people with no hearing and blindness – they have never heard music or seen a beautiful sunset. Then there are people with an intellectual disability that don’t think they are different to anyone else.
For able bodied people who become disabled – they can become depressed and even suicidal, yet over time they learn to adapt to their new bodies and reassess the way they are dealing with their disability. Then they make the most of what cards are dealt. For most recently disabled people – a motivation to succeed and exceed limitations more than ever before.
Some may be sceptical about the quality of life data – bioethics sometimes describe these self reports as “happy slave” concept. This is when people think they are happy as they know no better. One night think that people with disabilities are deluding themselves or others. Maybe privately they admit to misery while in public they put on that happy mask – the thought is that these people must be in denial.
These explanations are patronising and insulting – and very very incorrect. Research has been done called – hedonic psychology. This supports disabled people’s self reports of good quality of life. A scientist, Daniel Gilbert did thorough testing of what people say and think. They’ve come up with the concept of hedonic adaptation. This refers to the way we deal with trauma. Things go back to the way they were before.
Of these self reports are true – new and better ways need to be found to understand disability paradox.
According to BBC news – We can offer more nuanced accounts of psychological processes that go through a person with disability mind. Coping is based on how a person views their limitations.
Accommodation for disabled people teaches the value of other things – like rather than going for walks with others, it’s more impiety to have access to restaurants with them. Humans are capable of adaptation to situations and can find gratitude in the smallest things and finding joy from relationships with family and friends – even if there are things we can’t overcome.