Stella Young: I'm Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much

Chris Downey: Design With the Blind in Mind

Aimee Mullins: It's Not Fair Having 12 Pairs of Legs

Exploration Questions

  • How would you describe your identity in relation to your physical ability level#x3f;
  • In what contexts, if any, do you feel that your physical ability level would be considered a privileged identity?
  • In what contexts, if any, do you experience oppression because of your physical ability level?
  • How does your physical ablility interact with other identities that you hold, such as your ethnicity, race, gender, developmental life stage, family culture and sexual orientation?
  • What is your comfort level working with clients whose physical ability status differs from your own?
  • How comfortable are you talking about physical ability and how it may impact identity with clients?
  • In what situations might physical ability be salient in the counseling relationship?
  • How might you bring up physical ability with your counseling clients?
  • How important do you think it is for counselors to be aware of their own attitudes related to physical ability and their potential to impact the counseling relationship?
  • What activities might counselors engage in to become more aware of how their own cultural identities impact their world views, values, biases, beliefs, ways of working with clients, and ways of relating to clients?
  • What were your reactions to the videos on this page?
  • Were there some you were drawn to?
  • Were there any that elicited strong reactions?
  • How did the videos on this page demonstrate the relationship between physical ability level & identity in relation to other cultural factors such as gender, developmental life-stage, family culture, sexual orientation, career, the culture of the United States, and other cultures?