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Uncomfortable around Disabled People

3 Jun 2014Okay, so I guess its time to confess that I too am sometimes uncomfortable around disabled people!!! I often go past someone else in a wheelchair and think, do I have to acknowledge them? Do I have to stop and chat and become friends just because we are both in wheelchairs? The answer to both is probably ‘no’, as if I were an able bodied person and had to use the same measuring stick, it would take me hours to get anywhere.

There has been a study done that shows that two-thirds of Brits are awkward around disabled people. I thought they were all just awkward in general, except those who have come to Australia and told to ‘get on with it’.

On a serious note, there has been a campaign put together by ‘Scope’ (http://www.scope.org.uk/awkward) to end the awkwardness.

A great idea to hopefully filter through to society and employers to give disabled people a go.

To see some scary statistics on, community interaction, education and work for people with disabilities, go to: http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/08/two-thirds-of-britons-are-uncomfortable-around-disabled-people-its-time-to-end-the-awkward-4720862/.



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David Hardaway from Phoenix AZ posted on 10 Jun 2014
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