“OMG You’re in a wheelchair!!”

Hello all,

My friend shared the following question and response from a blog she found and I believe it’s something everyone should see. Clearly people don’t understand what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate. Or even have a basic understanding of manners. I know so many people in wheelchairs, crutches, or with disabilities that have accomplished so much more by 30 years old that most people will achieve in their lifetime. Just remember, just because someone’s different doesn’t mean they are any less worthy or able to live life to the fullest. 

 

“Questions : “Ur in a wheel chair!!! OMG that must suck. If u don’t mind me asking what happened. P.s I love ur blog

Response: “Do you have any idea how offensive it is to say that? You basically implied my life is not as good/valuable/fulfilling as yours is because I happen to have a disability and use a wheelchair. My wheelchair doesn’t make my life suck, it improves my life and makes daily independent living doable. As for what ‘happened’ nothing ‘happened’ there isn’t some horrible accident or sob story. I was simply born with a condition called cerebral palsy.(And for those who have been in accidents or tramatic event it’s not always a blast to go through reiterating the gory details)””

 

Danielle

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Published in: on January 26, 2014 at 9:42 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. I agree that sometimes people can be insensitive, even if they don’t mean to be. I’ve had my share of ‘what happen’ question and ‘your life must suck’ ‘I feel sorry for you’ comments. I would have taken the opportunity to teach the person through open dialogue rather than shooting them down.

    • I agree someone needs to educate this person however, common decency dictates that what she said and how she reacted was not appropriate. I feel like manners are just not taught anymore.


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