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Eric Dart doesn't exactly like the term, 'disability.' 

"No," said Eric. "Not that much."

Eric has an electric personality that can brighten any room, but he also has Asperger's Syndrome.

"It doesn't face me physically, but mentally." 

He gets frustrated easily. Job interviews can be tough. That's why Eric went to High Sierra Industries in Reno for help. 
 
"(Things like) applications to figure out what I want to be and where I fit in." 

H.S.I. trains people with physical disabilities too.     

"We develop and create and deliver learning systems for people with disabilities and for those that support them," said LaVonne Brooks, the C.E.O of High Sierra Industries. 

So how can people get a better understanding of what it is like to have those challenges? Develop a relay race, of course. The Extreme Abilities Challenge does just that. 

Simple things like installing a small fan with a glove on, communicating only in sign language, applying stickers while wearing fogged glasses just show how skilled 'disabled' people really are. By the way,  closing a door in a wheelchair, is surprisingly difficult. 
 
"It really is humbling," said John Sande IV, a Reno Attorney and participant in the challenge. 

Sande had to temporarily lose his vision to truly see.
 
"The abilities that people with disabilities have, it sounds weird, but it's amazing," Sande said. 
  
"To show the strengths of people with disabilities, the talents of people with disabilities, as opposed to, "oh poor them,' or some of the more stereotypical ways people with disabilities are presented," said Brooks. 

Our 30 seconds of discomfort, is nothing compared to what some deal with everyday.

"We are just able to overcome our challenge," said Eric. 

'Able'... Did you hear that? It's funny how the people who we call  'disabled' are anything but.

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