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Why does everyone have an opinion on what it must feel like to be disabled?
Disability Pride Month occurs in July, created to listen to what the voices of disabled people have to say about their rights and what they need.
So why is it that so many people assume they know what it's like to be disabled?
Scope ambassador Samantha Renke recently spoke about her experiences in an article for the Metro, and the ways in which society 'disables' people.
You can read some excerpts below, or click the link to read the article in full:
If I tell the world that I’m happy and love my disabled body, I can often be met with scepticism, disbelief or ableism.
I’ve had someone tell me before: ‘You can’t be happy and disabled’, or: ‘You should strive to overcome your disability'. Then there was the person who flatly said: ‘Disability must be bad because if I were like you, I’d rather die!’
We aren’t allowed to have a bad day or – dare I say – not be a very nice person because we are often infantilised and depicted as angelic ‘vulnerable’ individuals.
I'd like to know:
Can you relate to Samantha?
Have you ever had someone assume what living with your disability or health condition must be like?
Why do you think people make assumptions?
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