A few feelings and observations about being disabled
- •Some people think I'm just lazy or cheating the system because they see that I can walk a little.Do you mean people can be disabled still walk? Isn't the disability symbol a wheelchair?
- •People make a lot of assumptions about people on scootersSome are true but many aren't
- •Different people often say the same things I have heard over and over again."I wish I had one of those things." "Can I hitch a ride?" "Do you have a license for that thing?" "Can I sit on your lap? " "How fast does it go?" "Why do you need that?" or my favorite "What's wrong with you?"
- •The majority of people all over the world are helpfulPeople come to my aid frequently if I can't open a door while on the scooter or pick something up that I have dropped but there's always a few losers.
- •My cane, scooter, or walker are an extension of myself.Think of it like your purse or wallet. You don't want someone else just picking it up, looking at it and examining it.
- •Although I am a lower height than you because you are standing and I am on a scooter, I am not a lesser person than you.I am actually present and can hear you.
- •I appreciate your courtesy and kindness