When one needs assistive equipment for physical disabilities, it is to no surprise that they use them. For example, a walker for a boy with Cerebral Palsy is met with sympathy (and the occasional sideshow glance), but never met with disdain. It’s accepted that this individual cannot function without such equipment, and to deprive him of such, would be a crime.
But a disability of the mind is another story. The mind cannot wrap its hands around handles that prop it up. The mind cannot ask for a physical piece of equipment to assist it with its ailments. It is an invisible disability. Invisible disabilities are often met with less sympathy – if any. Without a piece of equipment to look at, a disability just doesn’t seem as legitimate – or at least this is the implication I’ve detected as I’ve walked alongside my daughter in the short time I’ve known her.