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Posted 11/24/2011   02:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Puzzler to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Touchy subject perhaps? But an interesting and educational one to collect none the less.

You sometimes think that you have it bad off but then, when you see someone in worse off straits than yourself and wonder how he does it, how does he keep going, because gosh, I don't know if I could do that, you realize that everybody has troubles and challenges.

I don't know how some people can get through it all myself, but then some have told me that they wonder how I get through my own bumps in the road, mental and physical. Well, you just do, that's all.

I was complaining to the doctor one day that I don't know how people do it, mainly feeling sorry for myself, and he said that he has had people come in to him and, after seeing a disabled person get around and doing the stuff he has to do just so he can do ordinary things, that they are inspired to get going themselves and do things like exercise more or eat better or look after themselves more than they have been.

The doc told me that every day you influence in some way some number (24?, I forget) of other people, just by being yourself and doing what you are doing. People see you or hear about you and they are influenced by what you are doing or saying. That's amazing really. No matter who you are and what hardships or handicaps you may have, you can be an influence in the world.

The United Nations declared 1981 to be the International Year of Disabled Persons. Thirty years ago. We have seen a lot of changes in the world since then.

Here is Spain's contribution in that year:
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Posted 11/24/2011   07:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


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Posted 11/24/2011   08:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a couple more, perhaps less obvious.
Diabetes. Invisible, on the rise and certainly controllable.




And one that's totally curable. Illiteracy. Ignorance.


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Posted 11/24/2011   09:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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The United Nations declared 1981 to be the International Year of Disabled Persons.


The UN Souvenir Card that goes with that series of stamps:

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Posted 11/24/2011   1:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kuhli to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 11/24/2011   3:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Kuhli,
What a nice stamp! Thank you.
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Posted 11/24/2011   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kuhli to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Kuhli,
What a nice stamp! Thank you.


It is an obligatory tax stamp for "Week of the Invalids", Dec 6-12, 1992.
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Posted 11/24/2011   6:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

I always thought it was a big Bravo for the US with this one,
I once heard a woman give a talk on her trauma
of enduring her journey through junior school
suffering from epilepsy. It was awful.



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Posted 11/24/2011   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Puzzler,

A very worthwhile topic. Here are a few more U.S. contributions.




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Posted 11/24/2011   10:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gatagara home for handicapped children, Rwanda.

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Posted 11/24/2011   11:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
and polio.

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a war veteran amputee, designed and engraved by Jean de Vos, and issued by Belgium on October 11, 1969 to publicize their disabled veterans relief organizations Œuvre nationale des invalides de la guerre (O.N.I.G.) and N.W.O.I. Oorlogsoorden, Scott No. 727.

- nethryk

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Edited by nethryk - 11/25/2011 07:58 am
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Posted 11/26/2011   4:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fifia to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some from my German album


From Heidelberg acancellation






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Posted 11/27/2011   1:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add AnthonyUK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The only charity stamp issued by GB SG970 from 1975

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Posted 12/12/2011   9:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nethryk to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is an image of a stamp depicting a boy discarding crutches in celebration of the victory over poliomyelitis through vaccination, designed by André Spitz, engraved by Robert Cami, and issued by France on October 31, 1959, Scott No. 933, Y&T No. 1224.

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Posted 12/12/2011   10:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joeytoat to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some great stamps. I'll see what I can find among my stamps.
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