Why Wheelchair Users Walking Again Makes You Happy — and Ableist

About a year ago, a video by CBS News started making the rounds on Facebook. The clip was of a young man in a wheelchair who was at his graduation ceremony at my alma mater, Florida International University. He was at the edge of the stage fitted with an exoskeleton, two walking sticks, and an assistant. When his name was called to receive his diploma, two people helped him stand up out of his wheelchair, and slowly and haltingly he took his steps and made his way across the stage to receive his diploma. The crowd went crazy and the video went…