The new documentary focuses on the phenomenon of transability


Most of us know about people who feel that their mind and soul are not matched with the biological gender they were born with. Such people are called transgender. But what if people who are born healthy and able to walk, see, hear and move without (isn’t it happiness?) feel uncomfortable with it and want to be disabled? Those who were born with disabilities or got them by some terrible accident would say that it is ridiculous, but still, such people exist.

One man cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool”, and now calls himself ‘One Hand Jason’, telling everyone it had happened in a tragic accident. Another dropped heavy concrete slabs on to his legs in order to get them amputated. However doctors were able to save his legs from amputation, and though he now has a limp, he says he wishes to try again until they’re amputated.

People like One Hand Jason have been classified as ‘transabled’ — feeling like imposters in their fully working bodies.The condition has also been known by the medical name Body Integrity Identity Disorder since 2013. “We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, an academic who will present on ‘transability’ at a Social Sciences and Humanities session at the University of Ottawa. “The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”

Being disabled is not easy. Not every disabled person is a brave Paralympian respected by the whole world. Not every disabled person gets at least a little bit of compassion (although they require it). They are bullied. They are laughed at. They are thrown away literally and metaphorically. What is a routine for healthy people, for them is a fight. What is obvious for healthy people (like ‘I can talk’, ‘I understand what you say’, ‘I can study’ , ‘I can have friends’, ‘I can be loved’) disabled people have to prove to themselves and others every single day. Being healthy is a miracle, a gift. Instead of putting it in a trash it is better to thank (God, parents, the Universe) for it and to treasure it as much as you can.


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