As Doug Dormer, raised by two blind parents, now CEO of White Pine Systems, a health IT company, "My mother put it best: ”I can’t see. That is a physical condition. I can deal with it. But I am also blind. That is a social condition. It refers to how other people see me. That is the bigger challenge.”
So, what is a TAB?
In his words: "Our family was pretty much like any other family. As a kid, I was like any other kid, sometimes compliant with my parent’s wishes, other times less so. As a parent myself of four children, there are times when transgressions are significant and need to be addressed accordingly, but far more often a very soft reminder is sufficient.
"In the house where I was raised, I think the gentle reminders were by far the most common. I’d break some rule or commit some transgression and my parents would feign anger. I cannot say that I never took advantage of my parent’s inability to see what skulduggery I was up to. Eventually busted, my mother would furrow her brow that her mouth would betray with a smile as she’d say with disgust “Ah! Your nothing but a silly TAB–you’re just Temporarily Able Bodied.” Then with a confiding, knowing voice she’d softly say “Sooner or later you’ll be one of us. Then you’ll get your comeuppance.” And we’d all laugh.
So there it is. I am a TAB–and hopefully I will be for a long time to come. After all, life itself is a chronic medical condition, so taking personal control is what healthcare is all about."
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