What should you be aware of when it comes to disability? If you don’t have a disability yourself and you don’t know anyone with one, how much knowledge should you have on issues that disabled people are faced with?

  1. There are a lot of different types of disabilities and no single disability is better or worse than the next.

There are going to be different scores regarding specific conditions and there is a range of different types of disability. Every condition such as fibromyalgia news has its differences and they call for different responses because of this. Every disability is going to produce some type of barrier whether it be physical, social, or mental. There are also the social stigmas and hurdles that these people are often faced with imposed by society.

  1. Every person that suffers from a disability should be treated with the same respect as anyone else.

Every disability is different and they call for a different response accordingly.

Anyone that suffers from a physical disability will typically need things like wheelchairs, canes, wheelchairs, and barrier-free housing. Also, you’ll find some will require personal assistance for everyday self-care tasks and other household chores. Anyone that has a vision impairment or that has trouble hearing is going to need adaptive devices that help them get through the day. Likewise, they require patience from those around them to give them the time and space they need to effectively navigate the world without these senses and to communicate.

  1. Living with disabilities can be difficult, but they aren’t necessarily terrible.

A lot of people that suffer from some sort of disability experience hardship that directly correlates with their disabilities. However, a lot of them find that the hardships tend to come more from those surrounding them and the environment they live in rather than the disability they have.

You can look at it as a pie chart. For every person, at different times there is a different ratio that exists from direct suffering from the disability and from the hardships that are imposed by outside forces. For instance, in a few days, the loss of mobility ends up being worse than the interpersonal ableism or even the physical barriers. Whereas, at other times, disabled people can cope with the disabilities they have but have difficulties getting access to the places they need to go and process the comments from non-disabled people that are unsolicited.

  1. There are a few disabled people that do benefit from privilege and others who don’t.

As you’ve heard from the famous disabled character on Game Of Thrones, it’s always better to be a rich cripple. Earlier on in the series, he mentions how his social status helps him tremendously because if he wasn’t born into that status, he likely would have been killed. Some disabled people have a lot of different backgrounds and these backgrounds can have a large influence on how people can effectively live with their disabilities.

  1. What the majority of disabled people want is to be taken seriously.

One of the more complex matters for disabled people is visibility. It is very ironic in that disabled people typically have very visible disabilities, but they still feel invisible and want to be noticed. However, a lot of disabled people simply want to be accepted as equal for their other qualities. That being said, what all disabled people want is to be treated like regular human beings like everyone else without ignoring the fact that they have actual disabilities.

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