"I Believe That the Only True Disability Is a Spirit That's Been Crushed."

An inspiring TED talk, in which Aimee Mullins deconstructs the term 'disability,' and underscores the opportunities adversity can bring us:

On prognosis and potential: "There is a difference between the medical condition, and what someone might do with it"

"All you need is one person to show you the epiphany of your own power, and you're off."

It's 22 minutes long, but well worth watching to the end.


  1. Wow!
    Thank you so much for posting this.

    I have often wondered what the better term was to describe my boys. Is their autism a disability?
    Clearly, based on what the word means I would say NO!

    What an inspiring woman!

  2. Unbelievable! What an amazing woman! What an amazing attitude! What an amazing motivational speech! I thank you so very much for sharing this. I went immediately to my thesaurus after hearing her. Frightening! What a lesson.
    Thank you.
    Claudia | Motivating Disabled Children


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