There is life after disability

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All too often, an accident seriously injures one of us, leaving a person permanently disabled. For that person, it may feel that his or her life is over. But the fact that there is life after disability is the message underlying an art exhibit now on display.

The exhibit is known as “Humans Being II” is on display at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and it features art by professional artists who are living with disabilities. The exhibit’s organizers believe that the display will be an effective outlet to share disabled artists’ work as well as an opportunity to foster an open discussion about what it means to be living with a disability.

Coming to grips with a disability caused by an injury is no easy task due to the sudden onset of the disability and the pervasive effect it can have on one’s life. One of the artists featured in the exhibition illustrates how a sudden incident can have life-lasting effects.

Gwynneth VanLaven was only two weeks into her graduate studies in journalism when she was hit by a car, crushing her leg. That was about six years ago, and now she compensates for no longer having the use of her leg by using a mobility scooter and a cane. One of her pieces of artwork is featured in the source linked below.

There are many important aspects of the social safety net for disabled people. One aspect is the sense of community that is fostered by events such as “Humans Being II.” Another significant aspect of the social safety net is the Social Security disability program our government has established to provide financial help for those living with a disabling injury.

Source: Medill Reports Chicago, “Living with disability on display in rare art exhibit,” Lindsey Peterson, May 21, 2013

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