Living With Chronic Pain Blog
1. Staring - staring at the mobility aid, how the person moves, looking for more than three seconds
STOP DOING THIS - IT MAKES US SELF-CONSCIOUS AND OTHERED
2. Commenting and Asking - commenting on "what happened?" or "why do you have [enter mobility aid]?"
BY ASKING THIS YOU ARE ASKING US TO REVEAL A PERSONAL ASPECT OF OUR LIFE TO USUALLY A RANDOM PERSON. IT IS HARD FOR US TO DO, and RUDE FOR YOU TO ASK. Stop looking at us as only disabled, and start looking at us for what we are -- PEOPLE, just like you!
3. Putting yourself in our shoes - "If I were you, I'd just..."
NEVER A GOOD THING TO SAY. You are putting yourself in our place, which you've never experienced and maybe never will. You cannot give us advice on things we know more than you. You are in no place to give us advice or put yourself in our place.
4. Scheduling events at very late times in the day, or inaccessible places
It always feels like YOU DON'T WANT US THERE. For people who are chronically ill, late times after 6pm are usually really hard (at least for me). It's hard enough to get through a full-day of work, let alone staying for a meeting at 9pm and later. Inaccessible places are obviously uninviting for people with disabilities.
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