Montreal Gazette - My temporary visa to the land of the disabled


(Gil Troy, history professor at McGill): ...For the first time in my life, I entered a crowded room full of partying people enjoying themselves and not really thinking about who they might bump into - literally - while I was hobbling on crutches.

[The crutches] offer a visa to the world of the handicapped. In this alternate universe, innocuous settings like cocktail parties can feel dangerous, and so many actions that most of us take for granted must be thought through and planned out, or sometimes skipped because the extra effort is not worth it.