Hello everyone! 🙋 I recently watched the short videos that Scope and Channel 4 did about some of the things that you really shouldn't do when you are talking to someone with a disability. It inspired me to do this blog of my top 10 things to not do when you are around someone in a wheelchair.
1. Bend down to talk to me.
2. Talk to the person I'm with instead of me
3. Jump out of my way as if I have no control over where I'm going or whether I'm about to drive into you or not.
4. Give me dirty looks when I pull into disabled spaces
Just because I'm in my early 20s doesn't mean that it's not possible for me to actually need to park in a disabled space. The joy I get when I see their face as I pull my wheelchair out of my car. Yeah, see...
5. Point me out to your children
6. Talk to me like I'm deaf
7. Take picture of me when I'm sat on the tube
This is an actual true story. I was sat on the tube and some woman took a picture and forgot to turn her flash off. Maybe she was taking a picture of other people or the floor of the carriage. But I'm not convinced, her shiftiness after the whole incident was just too odd. Being chased by the paparazzi before I'm even famous...
8. Try and guess what my condition is or why I'm in a wheelchair.
9. Ask me "what I did I do to myself?"
10. "My brother's friend's cousin is in a wheelchair. Do you know them?"