Powerful Stories & Stories of Power
Disability in the Domain of the "Most Powerful"
“Care” for those identified with the “disabled label” can make them into victims of the good works “done unto” them. This not only diminishes their own sense of value, but it can also deny their contribution to life and community. Foucaultian concepts of power, and constructive concepts of humankind, especially the Christian concept that humans are “made in the image of God,” (Genesis 1:27) provide tools for critique of this problem. Reciprocity and friendship provide avenues for reconsidering how the gifts and talents of those characterized as “disabled” might be appreciated and affirmed. Spirituality is a key concept, providing a respite from doing (unto) and opening means of being, and thus ways of appreciation.