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I've seen a lot of things that need to be challenged

bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 26 Courageous
edited June 2019 in Disabled people
This is my first time here. For most of my working life I've worked with disabled people. Now I'm disabled too. Already I've seen a lot of things that need to be challenged. For example, a man came up to me when I was on my mobility scooter and said 'that looks like great fun! Are you enjoying it motoring round this lake?' I replied by saying 'i'd much rather walk round'! He realised what he'd said!


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,740 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @bonnielassie welcome to the community! Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go as to challenging comments from others! Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself? :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • Antonia_AlumniAntonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,781 Pioneering
    Hi @bonnielassie welcome to the community :) How are you doing today? Thank you for sharing this with us. I agree, it's a challenge but hopefully people think a little longer before speaking to people.

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    Please let us know if you have any questions.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,998

    Scope community team

    edited May 2019
    Welcome to the community @bonnielassie and thank you for sharing.

    Brilliant response. I bet he felt like a bit of a plonker after that. :wink:
    Senior Community Partner
  • bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 26 Courageous
    @Adrian_Scope. I've remembered something else. I was planning a rail journey recently and asked for assistance. Because my local station is so small I was told the conductor helps you onto the train as there's nobody at the station but the conductor only helps people who are visually impaired. almost found myself feeling grateful that I have sight problems! Has anybody else heard of this please?
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,998

    Scope community team

    Hello @bonnielassie, I’m so sorry for the slow reply, I don’t seem to have received a notification of your response. 

    That’s ridiculous, I can’t believe they only help visually impaired passengers, surely anyone needing assistance at the station should receive it. 
    Senior Community Partner
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    It can be hard sometimes. I seize the opportunity to educate people who don’t understand. 
  • GarzaGarza Member Posts: 129 Pioneering
    I am a lifelong wheelchair user and always say things like "going for a walk" I can understand someone with an acquired illness or disability not using that term, for me going for a wheel or push just sounds a bit silly.

    At appointments people often ask me to "take a seat" then turn ashen when they realise what they have side, always makes me smile.

    I wonder if the guy who spoke to the OP would have said the same to someone on a bike, scooter or similar
  • bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 26 Courageous
    @Adrian_Scope all I can say is that that is what I was told!
  • bonnielassiebonnielassie Member Posts: 26 Courageous
    @Garza - I doubt it as they would have been going faster than me. I can't remember exactly what was said, but the man did say something that showed me he realised what he had said and that it was inappropriate.
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