Disability In My Left Foot

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The movie, My Left Foot, by Daniel Day Lewis is a true story about a man named Christy Brown. Christy Brown was an Irishman who was born with cerebral palsy, only being able to use his left foot; the only part of his body he was able to control. Christy was born into a poor family, at times, not having enough coal to heat the house. The young children, within his neighborhood, allowed him to take part in various activities; such as street soccer. However, many of the adults portrayed him as a lesser individual. Dr. Eileen Cole comes to Christy’s aid, assisting him within various aspects; such as, his disability and recognizing his talents. The movie portrays various hardships that arose for Christy and his family, but the way they were dealt with were the most inspiring. Throughout Christy’s lifetime, he finds a love for painting, in which he ends up becoming an extraordinary writer and a painter. Through this heart-warming film, the audience was capable of seeing the different side
Christy’s disability affected the many areas of life that most individuals take for granted. The cerebral palsy caused him to be severely disabled in which he was seen to have been spastic, have difficulty speaking, and almost a quadriplegic; but was not a complete quadriplegic, because he had a functional left foot. Because of these reasons, many individuals, including his father, considered him to be retarded and sinful. However, his mother was a constant supporter, always believing he was more capable than most people believed. In regards to his functional limitations, Christy had a difficult time moving independently, speaking, and writing / painting. However, even though at times of giving up, Christy was able to inspire his family ...

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...ty in his older years is the RinG-Pen Writing Instrument. One of the RinG-Pen’s many strengths is the ability to use the device as a toe pen, rather than in between two fingers. For Christy, this device would have greatly assisted him through his writing and painting, decreasing the shaking and muscle pain involved throughout the process. With the RinG-Pen Writing Instrument, a solid grip would provide comfort and rest for the writing toe or finger. Another strength of this device is it’s low pen and warranty. This piece of assistive technology costs approximately sixteen dollars, and is under a twelve month warranty. One of the downfalls of the device is the money that needs to be spent on ink refills, which cost approximately nine dollars. This amount does not seem to be high, but after consistently using this writing instrument, the money adds up.
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