During this argument it was stated that the word disabilities is as offensive to wheelchair users as the “n” word is to African American people. Mind blown! How can you equate people making stupid comments out of ignorance to the level of hate involved in racism? We were told that the word disabilities implies that one can not accomplish a goal or task. Do you feel that way when you hear the word? Does it have a negative connotation in your head or is it a medical term that means a function was lost? If we are offended by a medical term are we saying that we are ashamed of ourselves? What comes to mind when you hear the word disability?
Are there ignorant people who make insensitive comments when they see us in public? Of course there are those people. Hey slow down speedy! Is that the proper thing to say? Probably not, but I believe those comments are made because people are uncomfortable around others with disabilities. That is a sad unfortunate fact.
There are challenges in society for the disabled. Are we stared at? Yes. Do people who lack common sense make insensitive comments and ask rude questions? Yes. Are we really going to go that far and say it’s an act of hate or deliberate discrimination for a person to act in ignorance? Is it harder to find a job against people who may be able to do the job faster? Of course it is, but that isn’t automatically discrimination.
I acknowledge there are several serious social issues facing the disabled community. I refuse to believe that this is done in hate or as an act of deliberate discrimination. What are your thoughts on this subject? Stupidity or hate?
What steps can we as individuals take on a daily basis to change the perception of the physically challenged? We had previously written a blog on being ambassadors for our community. I was surprised by the comments on Facebook stating that people do not want to answer questions or educate others. Obviously it’s a personal choice, but if we are not sharing information who will do it? Who will let society know that we are no different? We can not rely on others to change society. What are our social responsibilities and what part are you playing on this issue?