D is for … Disabled characters in books

I’m not a fan of the word ‘disability’ myself. It feels so negative, particularly when the person being labelled thus is often no less capable than those who dole out the description.

Many words beginning with ‘dis’ have similar connotations : disappointment, disbelief, discard, discomfort – I could go on.

Labels are unnecessary – after all, if we each did the same things in the same way, how boring would the world be?

Which is why I seek to include characters in my stories who ‘do things differently’. Whether it’s as a result of an accident or illness, they find alternative ways to achieve their goals.

These people are not ‘Hollywood-style’ token characters who find a cure or recover from their problems. They are real people who adapt and overcome throughout their whole lifetime.

Because that’s what real people do. No gloss, no glitter – just real life and real issues.

 

 

 

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