How does American culture teach us to see disability as heroic (or, not)?

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This week, we’re reading from the Helen Keller’s most famous memoir, The Story of My Life. Keller is widely regarded as an inspirational figure, a hero who all people, but especially disabled people, should look up to. Just as often, though, literature or popular culture offers disabled figures who run counter to this heroic mold. Add a post to this page discussing a particular disabled figure and explain how that figure fits the heroic model or deviates from it. In what ways is this paradigm useful? Is it also problematic?

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