ABCs of Disability – The Letter A

A is for adversity.  Normally, adversity is viewed as a negative.  However, there are people who are amazingly proving this wrong.

I recently watched a video from TEDMED which is part of TED.  If you haven’t heard about TED, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and started out as a conference in 1984.   Now…

Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Their about page explains:

On, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

This list of tags shows how diversified the talks have become.

The speaker in the video I watched is Aimee Mullins and was filmed in 2009.  Aimee is an amputee who was a record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, and she talks about adversity and how adversity can be used positively in life.

It is 22 minutes long but goes by really quickly.   I found her quite engaging and inspiring as she talks about her life, her disability and how words and language label us and affect our thinking.

Here’s the link to the video. There is also a link to a transcript on the right-hand side of the page.

Enjoy and be inspired!

4 Replies to “ABCs of Disability – The Letter A”

  1. I hope you don’t mind if I steal your idea for my blog. I’d like to start writing the ABC’s of Disability too. I will link back to your blog. Your first post explaining why you are starting this, and this one.

    (I’d love to watch the video and I’ll try to link back to it on a good day. I have Meniere’s and today I just can’t hear well enough to hear anything on the computer. Actually, most days I can’t hear the computer or the phone. My hearing fluctuates so much they can’t give me hearing aids yet, but we are working on it.)

    I like your blog.
    I like your writing.


    1. Hi.

      First of all, thanks for the compliments.

      I just read and commented on your great post.

      You don’t have to steal it, lol. Take it and do what works best for you.

      As for the video, don’t forget that they have a link to a transcript of the video.

      I hope that everything gets figured out as far as a hearing aid goes. Waiting can be the worst.



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