Today (3rd December) is International Day of Persons with Disabilities - and the theme for this year is inclusion, access and empowerment. We've asked four bloggers to share one thing they would like to change. Here, Whizz-Kidz Ambassador Georgia talks about the way disabled people are treated.
One thing I would change: The way that people with disabilities are treated
The one thing I would like to see changed is how people treat a person with a disability or are a wheelchair users. Staring at someone, talking down or over someone to their parent or teacher is considered rude, so why would you do a wheelchair user just because they’re not standing up or may not be able to communicate properly?
I feel as much as people have an interest when they do stare sometimes it is just rudeness and sometimes people are just worried about asking questions or offending me.
I was shopping back in summer and a grandmother was out with her grandchildren. The granddaughter who was about five years old was looking at my chair out of polite curiosity, so I smiled at her and said, ‘hi’. Hoping I would get a response she smiled back at me but before the girl had a chance to respond, her grandmother started ushering her away and apologising. I told her it was fine and no problem. The grandmother was extremely apologetic but I didn’t mind as I knew this child was just curious and perhaps had never seen a young person in a wheelchair before.
There is a difference between being rude to someone and staring at them for being different or looking at someone because you’re curious as to why they are the way they are.
What people may not understand is that at the end of the day someone who has a disability or uses a wheelchair is still a person with their own feelings and emotions and talking down to someone as though they can’t understand you!
The reason why I want this change to happen is because in an ideal world people who have disabilities should be treated the same and equally as everyone else. People with disabilities shouldn’t be talked down to or stared at.
Whizz kidz helps this happen, it shows disabled young people like myself, being who they are. We shouldn’t be bothered what others think of us! You come to a place full of friends and helpful faces who are trying to make more people aware of the disabled community.