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By definition my grandfather is handicapped However he doesnt act as though he is and he certainly does not want to be treated in any special way In fact most of the handicapped people in society do not appreciate being treated in a way different from anyone else They just want to be accepted as human beings Some people become handicapped as a result of an accident Others are born with their disabilities My grandfather was asleep one night on a Coast Guard cutter when another ship a destroyer appeared in the distance The destroyer hit my grandfathers ship in the exact spot where he was sleeping When he awoke he found himself in the freezing water watching his friends swim ashore to safety They were leaving my grandfather there to die Luckily an angel in the form of a Coast guard chef rescued him and sought out help The next thing he knew he was in a hospital bed without legs from the kneecap down and with a broken neck I admire the fact that my grandfather resumed a normal life-style after being released from the hospital two years after his accident Not only did he get married but he raised six children He used artificial limbs for a number of years while holding a job at IBM After a while though he ceased using them because they felt too unnatural Now while enjoying the retired life his mode of transportation is a wheelchair As a young child I remember how my grandfathers disability affected my life I dont think that I even knew what the purpose of his wheelchair was To me it was just a toy just another toy that my cousins and I could play with I almost always received a wheelchair ride around the house I cant recall my grandpa ever complaining about those long wheelchair journeys down the hall to the
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