The clear eye behind this story of crossing cultures with a disability as a woman stopped me in my tracks yesterday. I am in awe of the equanimity and insight that Megan Smith brings to an experience that I am certain I would have reacted o much differently. I m so glad to have stumbled across this gem. Read it!
An Experience of Nepal -- Cultural Competency with a Disbility
The cow walks beside my wheelchair as we both travel down the potholed, monsoon-drenched road towards the freshwater creek, both his hooves and my wheels making sucking noises as we walk. I have a basket of laundry tied to the front of me and the plastic water tank hooked to the back of my push handles. I have stuffed the soap and shampoo between my legs with the intention of washing my hair along with the laundry. I join a crowd of squatting women who chatter about the ineptitude of their husbands and lazy daughters.
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