A new disability
I’ve just found out via Nik Lowe the Filthy Engineer that part of the constitutional stipulates that congressmen for the Brazilian congress have to be literate. Sounds pretty sensible I thought.
But then I got to thinking about it a bit more. Could it be a disability?
Those with disabilities can get help to cope with getting through the day. If you are physically disabled you can get carers to get you of bed and feed you. If you are mentally disabled you can get help to cope with the demands of modern life. If you are visually disabled you can get a dog to guide you around.
So if being illiterate is a disability you could in theory get a helper to do the reading and writing for you. In the case of the Brazilian he would be able to get an assistant to do his reading and writing for him.
In these days of everyone coming up with new disabilities (or overemphasizing existing disabilities such as dyslexia) so that they can get extra attention, campaigning for illiteracy as a disability should be the next in thing.