|The New York Times|
Ironside is back. In the good old days, Raymond—Ironside—Burr had all the goodies I didn't have, the most enviable being a modified Ford van.
Now he's—Ironside, not Burr—has returned. I haven't seen the new series yet, but I've seen the previews, and Ironside is a paraplegic in one of those little athletic type wheelchairs, but he's getting a bad review from The New York Times.
- their starting point seems to be no one in the viewing audience has ever seen anyone in a wheelchair
- guys in wheelchairs can be emotionally as well as physically strong
- No one wants to hang out with someone who waves his disability like a flag and is relentlessly trying to prove he's not limited by it.
It's nice to read that kind of review, one that generates the expectation that a person in a wheelchair is mostly like everyone else, except in a wheelchair.
We're not, of course. We're made different by our wheelchair disability, but the expectation that we should be like everyone else (given rightful accommodations, obviously) is a goal to strive for.