Excerpt from Voices from Eurasia: (click for entire article)
One of the worst parts of my student years was studying photographs of people living with disabilities as one of the methods for their evaluation during medical classes.
The lecturer was showing us all sorts of ‘deviations’ from a ‘normal human appearance,’ and we were taught it was all evidence of mental or physical disease.
It felt like the people in the pictures were from a parallel world. Sometimes you could notice their gender, but never any personal features that could evoke sympathy.
“Where do they even find these pictures?” I thought to myself.