The main audience that I am targeting is young college students that have seen disabled kids at their school. I will appeal to this group by talking about sports, school and what it is like growing up in that time with a disability because it was hard for all of us. Also, this audience is my audience because they are the future of the world, and can impact the world the most. However, society made being disabled that much harder for kids.
When I was fifteen, I met a kid that changed my life and many others around him. This kid, Connor Wells, did not have a typical upbringing. He was born six weeks early; weighing just one pound, and was born some of his bones did not develop correctly. Because of the challenges he was born with, Connor has lived with many difficulties throughout his life. For example, his spine is bent, making him walk with his head to the side, one leg bent, which contributes to his poor eyesight. His day is anything but typical; society has put him and his disability at the short end of the stick. He needs to have someone help him put on his clothes every day, walk him up and down stairs, eat, carry his backpack, and help him get in the car. Even cars have put barriers on disabled children, as they are too tall for him to get into without assistance
Connor has a brother named Cameron, who is very athletic. All Connor wishes for is to play sports with his brother. Connor dreams of going out on the baseball field and playing but instead he sits on the sidelines because both his body and society have put a limit on what Connor can do. Because of his disability he only has around 30 years to live. Connor needs a spine surgery, costing a ridiculous amount of money that would be unattainable for poorer people to pay for. While unintentional, society has placed a barrier there making it harder for Connor to be fixed.
The main point of Connors story is to illustrate the hardships that he has and continues to go through because society has made these boundaries to impact him including getting to a car, playing sports, and basic, normal living without an outrageous amount of money. Many people are like Connor in the way that society puts boundaries on them as well. Lisa Egan, writer of “XOjane” also is disabled by society and has evidence to back it up she states “I live in London, which has a world famous underground train network. Only around 20% of the stations have wheelchair access” (Egan). She then follows up with, “As a person with a mobility impairment I am disabled by steps, stairs, escalators” (Egan). London is one of the biggest metropolitan cities and the most popular way to get around is train and when only 20 percent of London is wheelchair accessible how are all these disabled people going to be able to get around for transportation and collect the necessities. Making Egan disabled by society because of stairs, escalators, and steps. Nortje Amsterdam writer of Its Actually Very Normal That I’m Different conducted a experiment with kids in their Physical Education class and asked them questions about disabilities and what makes them disabled and how society has an impact on this. Amsterdam states “Our results indicate that our participants considered a normal/abled body as one that is able to walk up and down stairs without difficulties; participate in PE, sport and play without extra help or adjustments; and not display indicators of abnormality such as a limp or supportive technology such as a wheelchair or scoot mobile (Amsterdam 152). The kids without being pressured into saying anything decided that a normal person is someone who can play sports without extra adjustments and do not have a limp or need a wheelchair. Making everyone else have a disability and if everyone who cannot do the actions society has set boundaries on those people.