People staring – grrrr

Published Date
25/11/2008
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It still amazes me how some people react to me.  Some will simply stare, children I don’t mind as they do not know any better and this is where they need to be educated in understanding how to treat people who are different to them, not just people with disabilities.  One organisation I worked with was Whizz-Kidz who are a charity who provide mobility equipment for children up to the age of 18.  They provided my powered wheelchairs.  They have a kidz board which I have been a member of which consists of kids/teenagers aged 12-18.  While I was a member we dealt with a scheme on how to make our peers aware that we are not any different to them.

Other issues such as how to make going on holiday via airports and airplanes an easier experience, even though it is already quite difficult in this day and age.  Transport as well was an issue which was discussed.  That is one of the major issues that still needs to be looked at as it is even though it has slightly improved it is still not good enough for full independence.  Anyway continuing on, adults will stare as well who should know better.  Though for some people it could be that they’re simply observing my marvellous wheelchair and the next person who will ask me “and how fast does it go?” I will scream.  Personally I don’t know how many miles per hour it goes (4 mph actually in case you want to know) and I don’t really care as long as it does the job.  My wheelchair is part of me as it allows me to go out shopping with my friends, go away for the weekend with friends, and be able to be walking around the middle of London in the middle of the night trying to find the right bus!  One of my past experiences!

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