“I get it. I'm young, I'm athletic, but I'm also missing legs!” swimmer Jessica Long said in her viral TikTok.
Dear Young Man, Maybe if this goes far and wide enough you’ll see it, I hope that’s the case. Awhile back as I was walking
As a young woman battling serious illness, with multiple hidden medical devices, I have found there is a high incident rate of unnecessary, and hurtful comments by those assuming I am not sick. After contacting a small population of disabled individuals on Instagram, it seems there are five specific stigmas that patients desperately wanted dispelled.
Next time sir, please be respectful, and try to think of the implications your choices have on others, as well as the message you are sending to onlookers.
We all want our lives to be easier. Unfortunately, when we act in ways that attempt to save time or money, we often fail to recognize the effect that our choices have on others. This is especially true in the area of accessibility which often falls prey to our fast paced lifestyles.
"You can't judge a book by its cover."
Everyone has those events in life that trigger our anger, or disgust; those things that people in society do that simply piss us off. My all-time winner is when someone parks in a handicapped parking spot who is obviously not handicapped.
More than once, police officers have stopped me and inquired if the handicapped placard hanging from my rear view mirror belongs to me. I stand tall, smile, and ask if they want to see the paperwork the law requires that I keep in my vehicle. Thus far no one has asked me to produce it.
If you are ever tempted to question the legality of a handicapped permit, please leave it to the police. Not all handicaps are visible.
If you think individuals and their families are just trying to game the system for their own benefit, think again.