The General Perception
The general perception that people seem to have towards disabled people is something I find myself thinking about quite a lot; not because I’m disabled, or know anyone who is disabled, nor am I working a locum doctor job concerning this; but because I have this annoying habit of questioning everything. What frustrates me the most is when people start to talk about disabled people as though they are now incapable of doing anything. A programme I watched last night demonstrated to me just how wrong you can be about these things, and just how little awareness there is generally about these things. Part of the show featured blind footballers. Yes, blind: 100% unable to see a thing. They were playing football in the dark just as well as anyone else might, and the most embarrassing thing was that they were playing it a lot better than I ever could. Another very irritating thing that some people seem to do (and I am sure I am just as irritating in some other way) is assume that because someone is in a wheelchair, they must be a nice person. This is, in fact, not the case. I recently had my foot run over by a very irate wheelchair user who was telling me to get out of his way or he was going to ’do me one’. I retaliated by pushing him in to a nearby pond that was full of weeds and manky looking green stuff floating on the surface. I didn’t really. There were ducks in it and it didn’t seem fair on them. But I felt like it, I’ll tell you. That may not be politically correct but it’s the truth, there you have it. My point is this: people can be surprisingly adaptable, and just surprising in general. So don’t judge a book by its cover. Unless you are buying a book, because in that case then I think its fair enough.
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