For me being disabled means a lot of things. It means I am reliant on my powered wheelchair to act as my legs for the rest of my life. It means I can often attend several hospital and physio appointments just in the space of a week. It means I use medical equipment to keep me alive.
What it shouldn’t mean is that I’m treated like a second class citizen. Being disabled does not mean I am any less a person to everyone else, it doesn’t mean that my rights and needs should be disregarded but sadly this world we live in has made these sad truth’s a reality.
A recent event reminded me of just that, but I’m not the only one! this week alone I’ve read so many tweets/stories as if just because were disabled our options on world events, using public transport or sharing an experience to make awareness, why is wrong or treated like a far-fetched story! I know sadly you can’t change people’s attitudes. But why!?
For example I shared my experience over cervical screening a few weeks back in the press and it was targeted by a select few granted, they chose and thought it was ok to chip away at my experience and make it look like a far-fetched story which left me questioning my own words. Is being disabled and wanting better access and treated like we matter really that hard for some people to get to grips with!?
It’s left me wondering if things will ever improve. We can put up signs and legislations but if people’s attitudes don’t change then what hope do we really have?
Little rant over!!
How you been in a situation that’s left you feeling like a second class citizen? Leave me a comment and tell me your story.