I just discovered this video on Youtube. It’s about an hour long, and it talks about disability and the stigma of it in Ghana. I think it’s always interesting to see how different cultures view disability and how they treat people with disabilities. Instead of telling you what was in the video, I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s something that you want to watch.
When I wrote about the language of disability a while ago, stigma is one of the words that marginalizes us the most.
On a deeper level, language is an expression of who we are as individuals, communities, nations. Culture refers to dynamic social systems and shared patterns of behavior, beliefs, knowledge, attitudes and values.
Does language shape culture, or is the the other way around? Reading this article may make you think.