Yes, that’s right, the N-word. I’d like to discuss a type of N-word and what it has meant to me. The word I refer to, of course, is ‘normal’. I recently addressed an audience at a symposium in Zurich for the renowned TED Institute. I started directly by saying: “I would like to let you all know that I have a disability. Can anybody guess what it I might be? (For dramatic effect, I waited for an audience member to respond) … “I can’t hear you, I prompted”… “No, I literally cannot hear you,” I revealed.