The reality is that living with a visible physical disability can be hard, and humans are curious. Well-meaning people stare and have been known to gawk and give looks of pity. I know this can be frustrating but when you slow down and stop and think as to why they are staring answer is they are curious.
physical disability: it’s time to celebrate our differences
To quote Canadian singer Amanda Marshall “Everybody has a story” this is a very true statement. Look at the next stranger you see and describe them to yourself. Sure you can draw assumptions but do you really know someone until you get to know them. Being in a wheelchair or walking with a limp or in some other way having a physical disability all makes these assumptions more apparent to others.
I hate assumptions, especially from adults. I think adults assume things because they don’t want to come across as impolite or rude by asking questions. The problem with this is that there is no one reason as to why a person has a physical disability.
I love the curiosity of children. What is hard is when they innocently ask the adult that they are with why I am in a wheelchair and then I overhear the adult explain that my physical disability was because of some tragic accident. I would much rather educate today’s kids that not everyone who uses a wheelchair uses one because they were in an accident. I mean my physical disability is something I have always had and never known any other way of life.
Do you get frusterated when people stare or do you see it as an opportunity to educate others? Let me know in the comments below
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