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DECLARATION

VARIABLE

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People with amputations are considered “disable.” Wearing this kind of label is strongly related to identity; however people that I talked with said: “ I don’t consider myself disable, I am unable.”

Everyone’s identity shapes in a different way — we are being born with a particular set of “tools” — characteristics — we have our bodies with all their abilities and limitations. To perform beyond our congenial abilities, we invent an assistance and use technology. When we dive, we use scuba, to fly we use planes or parachutes. Something that is peculiar is the way we call people who have been born without the limbs — congenital amputee. This nomenclature suggests they have had an amputation surgery, whereas in fact they have been born in the way which differs from what society perceive to be normal. Despite the fact that for them this is the body which is theirs and how it always looked. Without the influence of the environment they would have never thought they were abnormal. In those cases introduction to a prostheses seems unnatural — the embodiment of “norm” created by people who reflect on themselves as right — whole. In this scenario, it is a social environment which imposes specific abilities in this way creating disability. The disability which is not a human definition but societies of environments.