The following was received in an e-mail from a Brazilian teacher with polio. All leg-brace devotees, pretenders and wannabes would do well to remember the harsh realities of being severely disabled and in leg-braces: it is clearly no fun.
I'm a Brazilian teacher, and I was surfing in the net to find new kinds of calipers, and I found your site. Since you ask what the disabled think about your site, I would give my opinion too.
I'm severely disabled by polio since I was 6 months of age. I have all my life weared bilateral leg callipers and crutches, high sole left, short spinal attachment. They are "part of me" and I learned very early to accept those devices as the only manner I have had to walk. I don't think the so called "devotees" are somewhat bad people, perhaps this is a special manner to love.
But I would say something about people who like to wear legbraces without need of them. There is another side of the thing. You can only understand this if you had the experience...
Dear friend, I would have LOTS of things to say but this is enough to say what I mean:
- to be a disabled child is NOT easy,
I think, this is the "other" side of legbraces. I think you know that, but I don't know if the "devotees" know that.