I’m not sure why disability brings out the worst in people’s behaviour, but this is how it is. There is an exception to that rule of course.
I can empathise with others like myself who deal with a disability. It’s sad that social media, continues to highlight problems for those of us who deal with a disability and who continue to come into contact with people who often treat us with contempt and who may also see us as inconvenient.
The biggest problem of bad behaviour around disability is ignorance, which is particularly common on trains, buses and trams. Children and adults alike must continue to be encouraged, to know it’s important to treat all people equally, take other people’s difficulties into consideration, to want to care, to listen and to identify with others, to have and be empathetic to other people’s needs.
My disability shows that not all disabilities are visible: it’s difficult to know which part of a disability people take issue with or why. It’s not just me who is aware, who notices it or who struggles with it. It doesn’t matter how disabled we are, mentally, emotionally or physically, there needs to be better decorum around disability.
Those with a disability are not trying to make people’s lives difficult, we’re just trying to live our lives so that we fit in. It’s important people understand and so they’re a little more tolerant around our wants and needs.
Living with a disability means we’re seen as intense, stubborn and difficult. It’s the nature of how disabilities present but it’s wrong to be penalised because of it. This is what’s wrong: people’s attitudes around what we deal with needs to change.
Through my experiences and as ‘my story’ again shows, there still needs to be more patience, tolerance, empathy and compassion around disability. Society and the world still have a long way to go.