But to your point though there is a gentleman at our local wally world who was messed up pretty bad in a motorcycle accident. He has quite a few issues but he works there as a greeter. Some may find this appalling but I applaud the young man (about 29) in doing what he can to still support himself. In my opinion, he has more right to hold his head up than many out there!
Some of us know about Mason, a regular blogger here. He was in a bad accident many years ago that denied him the ability to perform his profession - drive a truck. But we also read where he started mending, and took jobs to earn money, not lying around in self pity - given the circumstances of his accident, a right he truly had. Eventually, he got well enough to resume driving a truck.
The only foul words you will hear from him are when he is cussing out his leg, or some idiot that makes fun of him for using a cane to walk.
Your friend and Mason are winners, because they refuse to be held down. And as a native American, Mason does qualify for minority status, but hates the the thought he cannot do anything or has to be given anything without earning it.