A lot of people talk about the vulnerability of disability and the need for “non-vulnerable” people to care for, protect and look after disabled people. In this TEDTalk, researcher/storyteller Brene Brown challenges this myth. She offers a powerful new perspective that suggests that we’re all more similar than we think.
Here are some questions to help guide a discussion about vulnerability and disability:
- How does shame impact on the experience of disability?
- In what ways does our society communicate that the experience of disability makes people “not good enough”?
- In what ways are we all vulnerable, regardless of disability?
- How can we improve everyone’s sense of worthiness?
- How could society change by showing courage and compassion in order to foster more connection between people, regardless of disability?
- How does the experience of disability demonstrate that being vulnerable is necessary to be “whole-hearted”?
- How do we avoid the likelihood of disability through “numbing”?
- How does our discomfort around uncertainty link with our discomfort around disability?
- How do we blame people for their experience of disability?
- What impact does our obsession with “perfecting” have on our attitude towards disability?
- In what ways do we “pretend” that disability is something that only happens to some people, not everyone?
- If we were better at “letting ourselves be” and believing “we are enough”, how could attitudes and behaviours towards disability change?