Ability and Disability
Healthcare & Social Services
Told in the Drooling Ward
What assumptions do we make about people who are disabled or able-bodied?Why do we label people as "disabled"? What impact does it have?
Consider the first time you interacted with someone with a serious physical or mental disability. How did you perceive the person's disability? How did the person's disability affect your interaction? How did it affect your attitude toward the person?
- Why does the narrator point out that he is "not a drooler" at the beginning of the story?
- Why does the narrator prefer the Home to the world outside? What does it give him that the outside world cannot?
- What does the narrator mean when he says, "Nobody has the right to call anybody a feeb that ain't"? Why does the narrator think he has this right?
- What role does the narrator think he plays in the Home? What roles do other characters see him playing?
- Why does the narrator insist on staying with little Albert?
- How can care be provided to those in need without impeding their ability to make decisions for themselves?
- In your work, how do you determine where to place the limits on emotional investment with patients?
- Why does the narrator feel the need to escape? Why does he come back?
What is one question this discussion has raised about your own patients or clients?
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