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South Dakota illegally placed disabled people in nursing homes, federal investigation finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2532

In Praise of Disabled People

The world is full of disabled people who are routinely stigmatized, marginalized, and ostracized. We shun the disabled, because they frighten and depress us by reminding us of life's limitations. Let's reverse this systematic exclusion of the disabled by recognizing that they are not memento mori or bed-ridden burdens, but rather heroic figures who can teach us how to face and overcome life's inevitable challenges.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 May 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA