Physical Struggles in Early Childhood 

Often disabled children feel stigmatized in early childhood, especially if their physical disability develops at a young age. Children who are disabled have to develop other skills early on to combat physical inability; such as coping skills and psychological awareness.  This is especially difficult if the child is hospitalized or experiencing pain, along with separation from loved ones. The following pictures depict a disabled child’s journey as a stigmatized polio victim in the 50’s and 60’s, including articles from that era and Mario’s struggle with infantile paralysis and hospitalization.

 

 

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Mario talks about why he missed most of the 4th grade.

"Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment."

--William J. Brennan, Jr. (former Associate Supreme Court Justice)