Non-paralympian disabled people complain about relentlessly positive image

Disabled people with little interest in sport have complained that the Paralympics are making their lives harder because people are constantly bombarded with images of disabled people snowboarding, water-skiing, playing basketball and leaping around on spring-loaded blades.

‘No-one ever gives me a hand when I’m stuck at the foot of some stairs these days,’ said unremarkable wheelchair-bound amputee Brian Porter, 46. ‘At least when everyone pitied me I still got assistance boarding a train. Now they just stand and wait for me to do something awe-inspiring. I just hope that one day we will be allowed to be underachieving mediocrities like everyone else.’

Adrian Bamforth

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Posted: Mar 12th, 2014 by

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