Frequently Asked Questions
Looking at different abilities
Like Pegasus Pig, we all have our own set of wings; we just need to find out what they're for. Every unique ability, sometimes a disability at first glance, is the very thing that grows special powers. A person without eyesight is not a person who can't see — what one person may see with their eyes, another person may see with their ears and hands!
Q. How do you get a disability?
Disabilities are not contagious. Some disabilites are caused before birth or through an illness or accident, but others develop as a person grows up while some disabilities have no explanation at all — they're simply mysteries. People with disabilities didn't do anything "wrong" to get a disability and a disability is not a punishment.
Q. How many people have disabilities?
One of every five, or 20% of people in the U.S. has a disability -- that's over 58 million people in this country alone. Do you know someone with a disability?
Q. How do disabilities affect people?
Some conditions will affect the way people walk, tie their shoes, and do everyday tasks; others will affect someone's way of thinking. Some people use wheelchairs or canes because they are unable to walk on their own. Some people with a disability might also wear a helmet to protect them from falls. Both physical and mental disabilities can cause a person to speak and/or act differently than other people. For the most part, people with disabilities are just like you and me — they go to school, work, have families, laugh, and cry.
Q. Can a disability be cured?
Usually people with a disability cannot be cured, but they can learn to compensate by using adaptive methods so they can be as independent and self-sufficient as possible. Many disabilities can be made better or more manageable by medicine and/or therapy. There is also a lot of adaptive equipment, like switches, braces, and special computers, to help people accomplish everyday tasks.
Q. What kinds of disabilities do people have?
People have all kinds of disabilities. Some are neuro-muscular conditions, which affect the parts of the brain that control physical activity. These conditions produce mental and/or physical characteristics. Some examples are Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Alzheimer's. Other disabilities, like Autism and Down Syndrome, affect a person's brain so they think, react, or interact differently than other people.