With all of the news about Caitlyn Jenner, most people are at least aware of what it means to be transgender. So, what does it mean to be transabled? It means that the person feels that they should have some sort of disability.
I’m going to use transgender as a means of comparison because that is something that people have a better understanding of. I am not trying to say that the two are similar.
So, as you may have gathered, being transgender means that the person feels they should have been born as the opposite gender. For example, a person who is born with male reproductive parts, feels like they are a woman. It is the same for transabled people. For example, a person born with four fully functioning limbs, feels that they should only have three. It’s not always amputee situations though, other people report wanting to be blind, or deaf.
So, a transgender person feels they were meant to be a different gender, and a transabled person feels they were meant to be disabled.
As far as I’m concerned, both are valid. I can’t tell you what is going on inside the minds of these people, so I can’t tell you what they are thinking. The way I see it is, it’s your body, and can do what you want with it.
The problem that I come to is this. These people are fully able to work and otherwise function in society, until they have surgery to remove their arm, leg, or ability to see. Now these people are disabled, by choice. Now, most people who have a disability got that way by accident, or they were born that way; it wasn’t a choice that they made. But transabled people are actively choosing to amputate a limb, or become blind. Will they now want the same disability check? Will they now want the same resources that other people with disability get?
I know that this sounds a little judgmental, but lots of people who didn’t choose their disability, probably wish they didn’t have it. They may embrace it, and consider it a part of themselves, but I think, if they had the opportunity to get rid of their disability, they’d probably do it.
I think my problem with this is that transability doesn’t work both ways. When you’re talking about being transgender, a man can become a woman, and a woman can become a man through surgeries, hormone therapies, and other means. But with transability, an abled person can become disabled, whether it be amputation or loss of vision or hearing, but a disabled person can’t become fully abled. They can get a prosthetic leg, or cochlear implant, but I’m willing to bet that a prosthetic isn’t the same as having two legs.
What I’m trying to say is that if a person wants to become disabled, and they make a decision to do so, they shouldn’t be afforded the same resources as the people who did not chose to become disabled. I understand that transabled people feel uncomfortable in a fully abled body, and I think that people need to do what they have to in order to be comfortable in their bodies, but if its a choice, you shouldn’t take the resources away from those who need it.
My fear is that others will see transabled people becoming disabled and collecting a disability check, and claim that they are transabled too, so they don’t have to work.
What are your thoughts?