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Do you have any disabled friends?

Post by Shironeko » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:36 pm

Part of what got me interested in Katawa Shoujo is a blind friend I have in real life. We've talked about her blindness before and it has shown me just how different the world is to her; for example, she can't even comprehend what colour is.

So one day friend of mine was talking about Katawa Shoujo and he joked about going for a blind girl, which caught my interest. So when I started I was hoping the blind girl in KS would be similar to her, but alas, her and Lilly are polar opposites both in personality and appearance. I'm still really glad I got into the game though and I can't imagine Lilly any other way. There were a few things I think could have been improved, but I was pleased to see many similarities between how Lilly handles her disability and how my friend does, which makes me think the writers must have done their research. Though I haven't played her path yet; I've only played Hanako's so far.

So what about you guys? Do you have any disabled friends and if so, how did it affect you playing Katawa Shoujo?

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Post by OtakuNinja » Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:14 pm

Welcome. :)

I have a disabled acquaintence, but I finished KS before I met him.
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Re: Do you have any disabled friends?

Post by Steinherz » Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:17 pm

Do you mean disabled as in "physically" or "mentally"?
Physically the closest I can say is my cousin has asthma pretty badly.
Mentally, no but I seriously think that sometimes with my friends :lol: (all aboard the stupid ideas train)

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Post by NightlyShore » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:27 pm

My uni has some disabled student, one of them are my class mate, he is timied and have few reaction with the others due to his weak sight. Thus whenever there is group work I always work with him. I were respect him a lot until one day I found he cheat on our translation class homework, twice.(Cheat via Evil google translator). Because of him I had to do the double job, I was mad, but times passed by I forgive him.

And a Professor with Post-polio syndrome, I get along well with him. It's sad heard his story that 2 robbers attacked him when he studied in Spain, and theres are still @sshole in society discriminate disabled people.

Last week there were a charity selling event in my uni, you can get a lottery to win the prize in event's last day as long as you donat more than $10, as an gamble addicted, I spended $100 last week. At the last day of the event I won a protable electric charger, later I gift another blind student since I have no Smart phone/PSP/NDSL. But the main reason is before the lottery begin, one of them huging his guide dog and said: ¨Blacky...please let me won at least one prize!¨

Oh my, that's cute.

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Post by Umber » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:53 pm

Met one person with prosthetic legs, during a marching band competition.

I had a substitute teacher who was blind in one eye (wouldn't tell us which, though).

That's about it.
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Post by pandaphil » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:57 pm

My best friend has been gradually losing her sight over the last few years and will probably be totally blind in another five. She generally uses a cane to get around, but still able to read and work at the computer normally. She can be a Shizune sometimes, but I still love her to death. :)
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Post by Steinherz » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:05 pm

pandaphil wrote: She can be a Shizune sometimes, but I still love her to death.
Is that your way of saying "she can be a stubborn bitch sometimes"? :lol:
It's good when people can learn to live with things they cannot control instead of a futile attempt of trying to change it XD
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Post by Sedinus » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:32 pm

I do have close childhood friend with a prosthetic leg. Apparently she was diagnosed with cancer around 2005 and leg amputation was the only way for her to survive. I was utterly shocked when I saw her without hair and missing one whole limb. Despite all that she graduated, became a journalist, writes DMC/FF fanfics for a hobby and invites me over for a tea sometimes.

And all I got is AS.
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Post by Steinherz » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:33 pm

Sedinus wrote:I do have close childhood friend with a prosthetic leg. Apparently she was diagnosed with cancer around 2005 and leg amputation was the only way for her to survive. I was utterly shocked when I saw her without hair and missing one whole limb. Despite all that she graduated, became a journalist, writes DMC/FF fanfics for a hobby and invites me over for a tea sometimes.

And all I got is AS.
I like that bit of information/uplifting story, but I have one question.
AS?
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Post by pandaphil » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:36 pm

Steinherz wrote:
pandaphil wrote: She can be a Shizune sometimes, but I still love her to death.
Is that your way of saying "she can be a stubborn bitch sometimes"? :lol:
It's good when people can learn to live with things they cannot control instead of a futile attempt of trying to change it XD
Yeah, pretty much. :) She gives me shit when she thinks I'm slacking, or not living up to my potential. But shes very kind and and has helped me out a lot. Just don't ever piss her off.

She's married, has a nice house, two cats, and works as a contractor at Microsoft writing gaming articles and website stuff.

Sure she's cried, and admitted that she's scared to death about going blind. But after a few minutes she'll dry her eyes, and carry on.
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Post by Sedinus » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:55 pm

Steinherz wrote: I like that bit of information/uplifting story, but I have one question.
AS?
I'm an aspie. I know that this is not a disability and I myself don't consider it as one, and neither do I use it as an excuse for anything. It's just... there. And it's not like "I got 1 of the symptoms dayum I have AS". I have nearly all of them.

However, some of my... Uh, acquaintances, think that AS equals retardation or schizophrenia. They actually believe that I might randmomly go nuts and punch them in the face for no reason whatsoever.
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Post by Steinherz » Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:59 pm

Sedinus wrote:I'm an aspie. I know that this is not a disability and I myself don't consider it as one, and neither do I use it as an excuse for anything. It's just... there. And it's not like "I got 1 of the symptoms dayum I have AS". I have nearly all of them.

However, some of my... Uh, acquaintances, think that AS equals retardation or schizophrenia. They actually believe that I might randmomly go nuts and punch them in the face for no reason whatsoever.
Asperger's doesn't equal that. I do randomly snap at people, but that's because I have a low tolerance for stupidity.
That and the autistic jokes get old, really quick :x

But likewise, I have nearly every single symptom (except I have empathy/emotions, although mine are much more volatile than a "normal" person's so there's that).
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Post by pandaphil » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:28 pm

Steinherz wrote:
Sedinus wrote:I'm an aspie. I know that this is not a disability and I myself don't consider it as one, and neither do I use it as an excuse for anything. It's just... there. And it's not like "I got 1 of the symptoms dayum I have AS". I have nearly all of them.

However, some of my... Uh, acquaintances, think that AS equals retardation or schizophrenia. They actually believe that I might randmomly go nuts and punch them in the face for no reason whatsoever.
Asperger's doesn't equal that. I do randomly snap at people, but that's because I have a low tolerance for stupidity.
That and the autistic jokes get old, really quick :x

But likewise, I have nearly every single symptom (except I have empathy/emotions, although mine are much more volatile than a "normal" person's so there's that).
We really need to educate people better about ailments like this.
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Re: Do you have any disabled friends?

Post by Hans PK » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:12 pm

pandaphil wrote:
Steinherz wrote:
Sedinus wrote:I'm an aspie. I know that this is not a disability and I myself don't consider it as one, and neither do I use it as an excuse for anything. It's just... there. And it's not like "I got 1 of the symptoms dayum I have AS". I have nearly all of them.

However, some of my... Uh, acquaintances, think that AS equals retardation or schizophrenia. They actually believe that I might randmomly go nuts and punch them in the face for no reason whatsoever.
Asperger's doesn't equal that. I do randomly snap at people, but that's because I have a low tolerance for stupidity.
That and the autistic jokes get old, really quick :x

But likewise, I have nearly every single symptom (except I have empathy/emotions, although mine are much more volatile than a "normal" person's so there's that).
We really need to educate people better about ailments like this.
I've seen several books and websites on the subject —one of my teachers thought it would be hilarious to have the guy with AS do a research paper on AS— but they unfortunately seem to assume or imply that it can be "fixed". I wouldn't call it an ailment; it's a different mindset that you have to learn to live with.

On-topic, no, I think that the only two "disabled" people in this town are this girl in a wheelchair and a girl missing half of one of her arms, and I don't know either of them.
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Re: Do you have any disabled friends?

Post by win746 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:41 pm

Not exactly a friend, but an acquaintance. There was a person who was paralyzed all over his lower body in middle school. The school has multiple floors and no elevators, so someone had to carry him up the floors. Really nice person though, but it seems a bit hard to converse with, he was afraid or shy of people. Inevitably he needs to move to a better school with one floor or an elevator, so I didn't hear from him until next year. Bad ending here, his body gave out or something and he passed away in hospital after his body was more paralyzed.

I think that's it for physically disabled. I think some of my former classmates and friends have some sort of mental disorders, that or they just act stupid on purpose.
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