People with disabilities want you to know these 10 things. Here are 10 things people with disabilities that will surprise you. After all, the likelihood that you will encounter a person with a disability is highly possible.
- WE ARE NOT INSPIRATIONAL
Before you think of calling a person with a disability “courageous” or “Inspirational” – think again. Sure, the disabled person may have gone through many ups and downs in life, but that doesn’t mean they appreciate a complete stranger telling them they are “brave”. They don’t want to be applauded for being disabled and living life like everyone else.
2. STOP PATRONISING
Don’t act all surprised when you see a disabled person do able-bodied things and please under no circumstances praise them for that achievement.
3. HANDS OFF THEIR DEVICES
Their assistive devices help them to live their lives, don’t cross that boundary and touch them. They don’t touch your property, so why would it be ok for you to touch theirs?
4. DON’T PET THEIR GUIDE DOGS
Pretty much the same as mentioned above. Their guide dogs are their eyes, please don’t touch without asking.
5. TREAT THEM LIKE ANYONE ELSE
Focus on the person and not their disability. Make the normal conversation about everyday things.
6. DONT HELP WITHOUT PERMISSION
Do not just assume the person with a disability needs your assistance – ask them. Many people with disabilities find it patronizing and embarrassing when people help without asking if they may first.
7. DONT BE A KNOW IT ALL
As good as your intentions may be, it is absolutely not needed. After all, there is nothing you can tell a person with a disability that they don’t already know. Just treat them as you would anyone else, seriously.
8. THEY ARE NOT DEFINED BY THEIR DISABILITY
Strength and character don’t disappear once you are a disabled person. Society is prejudice towards disabled people. They see someone in a wheelchair as being “useless” even when they achieve greatness. When people see someone with a disability they see them as “broken” and a “mistake”. Disabled people were and are still mistreated and labeled to the point of degradation.
9. DONT ASK HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY
firstly, there is nothing wrong with a disabled person, so never ask “How did you become disabled?” People with disabilities want you to know that they are just like you.
10. DONT SUGGEST A CURE
As much as a well-meant intention this is, it will come across all wrong. Being disabled is part of their identity and they do not see it as something that needs “fixing”.
People with disabilities want you to know these 10 things because they deserve to be treated as normal in society.