Was Einstein “Mentally Disabled?”
Stereotypes of the Disabled
Throughout the years, mankind has struggled with equality within our communities. The struggle has not been limited between race and gender but also encompasses people with disabilities. Disabled individuals and their ability to perform certain jobs or achieve the things that others without disabilities can have become more evident throughout recently through social media.
While social media has sometimes hindered disabled individuals it has also helped drive home the point that many disabled individuals can in most instances “carry their own weight”. While disabled individuals are a protected class, the general public view of them is truly influenced by the media in portraying what they term as “real life”.
There are 3 main labels that society places on people with disabilities:
Perhaps the most common stereotype of persons with disabilities is the victim, a character who is presented as a helpless object of pity or sympathy. While sympathy is appropriate in these circumstances, stereotyping is not.
The flip side of the victim stereotype is the hero, the character who proves her worth by overcoming her disability. You will find that most people with disabilities would rather just be considered “normal”.
The third common stereotype is the villain. Throughout history physical disabilities have been used to suggest evil or depravity, such as the image of pirates as having missing hands, eyes and legs. Evil is clearly not determined by counting one’s body parts.
While some people have unknowingly become accustomed to using labels that Stereotype and devalue people with disabilities, others have taken the time to acknowledge people with disabilities as equals. Instead of following the crowd and assuming that people with disabilities are indeed too restricted to have value, give a second look at how powerful and resourceful people with disabilities can be. Some of the most intelligent people to grace this planet had disabilities.
Albert Einstein, known to be the greatest scientist of the twentieth century and the greatest physicist of all time had a learning disability and struggled with dyslexia and autism. Until the age of three, he could not speak. Growing up, he focused heavily on mathematics
Soon he fought his disability and entered into the world of theoretical physics where he changed the face of physics and science forever.
His theory of relativity is said to be the most revolutionary theory of physics. He won a Nobel Prize for his photoelectric effect theory in 1921.