Let me add some provisos to my gloomy assessment of Senelick. I assume Senelick is a good clinician and advocate for his patients. I have not read any of Senelick's articles or books beyond what I accessed at his website. Perhaps his words in the Huffington Post article mentioned above were changed by an editor. Maybe he wrote in my estimation one questionable article and the corpus of his work is excellent. But based on this lone article I am not impressed. Senelick was inspired to write the Huffington Post article after seeing a TED Talk by Joshua Prager. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joshua-prager/ted-talk_b_3839143.html I do not Prager's talk. I do not like Selenelick's resulting article. I object passages such as the following:
The truth is that many of the things that enrich and provide quality in our lives are the same for able-bodied individuals and for people with disabilities. But society doesn't see it that way. Many, if not most, people assume that someone with a severe disability couldn't possibly have the same dreams and aspirations that they do. Think about it. One minute Joshua Prager was able-bodied, strong and walking the streets of Jerusalem, yet in a millisecond he became a severely disabled form of his prior self. Did his dreams, aspirations and the things that brought him joy change? No, the dreams are there, but the ability to achieve them is impeded.
If something happened to my wife, I suspect there is some woman out there who would meet me for a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Now, if I have a stroke, has the pool of women willing to have that cup of coffee narrowed? You bet it has. I may feel like the same person in my head, but my disability narrows my social opportunities. My peer group initially shows interest and then slowly disappears.
we all live for our future prospects. No matter how good our lives are at the moment, we like to think about our next vacation, when our book will be published, or something as simple as our plans with our children for the next weekend -- maybe the beach. Catastrophic injuries and illnesses may bring a sudden halt to an individual's or family's plans. Once the physical part of rehabilitation is complete, how do we provide a "prescription" that allows the person to make a successful transition into areas that give them future prospects? It is not always easy to align your future with your abilities.