posted on Mar, 11 2003 @ 01:35 PM
Probably the main reason that disabled people win so often against "handicapped" normals is because they've had years (if not a lifetime) to grow
accustomed to compensating for their handicaps.
For example, a person who was blind from birth is going to be capable of hearing things that someone merely wearing eyeshades wouldn't even be able
Over a period of time, a person gets used to handling their disability & having one or more of a human's natural senses disabled causes the *other*
senses to heighten themselves to help with compensation. Some blind people seem to get around more efficiently than many sighted people do...Simply
because some of those who have sight take it for granted to the point where they simply don't *watch where they're going*. The blind person learns
to focus their memories as well, because they learn to "count their steps" while walking around in familiar territory.
Some other examples of how, say a blind person, learns how to compensate:
They measure out their toothpaste by squeezing it on their finger, then put it on the toothbrush.
They stick a finger inside of a cup when they pour a drink of water so they know how full the cup gets.
They may use an analog watch (Still has the hands on the dial-face of the watch...No digital display) that has a hinge on the crystal. They simply
open the crystal & feel the position of the hands to tell what time it is.
They have better memories for the locations of commonly-used objects...Unless someone *else* moves their stuff around, they never "misplace things"
as much as a sighted person does.
If a sighted person is blindfolded, it takes a lot of time to learn techniques like this...They have to learn how to focus their memories so they
don't get themselves "lost" a lot. In games like the ones described above, the disabled person *has the advantage*!
The list is pretty well endless, when you also consider the other ways that people use to compensate for other disabilities.
[Edited on 11-3-2003 by MidnightDStroyer]