Justice for All has an action alert on its website, complete with contact information, to protest MSNBC journalist Chris Matthew's description of Cheney's wheelchair as a negative metaphor.
One year ago I started using my mobility scooter. Although I encountered physical barriers and attitudinal barriers immediately, the scooter allowed me to do quite a lot that was completely off limits to me in the previous 5 months. I was no longer housebound. It brought me joy. How could it be negative?
That the jokes and jabs about Cheney's wheelchair spilled out of people so quickly and automatically indicates how deeply ingrained such prejudices are. While people claim not to mean harm, their prejudice slides on out, to which we have the right to say, "excuse me, your prejudice is showing."
Little wonder that so many with disabilities refuse to self identify and that we see people who can't walk any distance at all who refuse to use wheelchairs. They'd rather be imprisoned than have mobility. It's their internalized prejudice that keeps them from using a wheelchair or identifying as disabled.