On the Scope blog we regularly hear from people about attitudes to disability. It can be serious. But more often than not it’s just a bit awkward – what you could call innocent ignorance.
We want to shine a light on the awkwardness that many people feel about disability, and want to hear from you.
Have you been in an awkward situation?
We’ll share them online – so let us know if you want to be anonymous.
Some of our favourites so far
“I was talking to someone in a wheelchair with amputated legs. I was so overly conscious of not saying the wrong thing that I barely said anything at all!”
“I was in the city centre once when this guy walked past me. He was so engrossed in staring at me and my wheelchair, that he didn’t notice the lamp-post he was about to walk into…”
“I met a woman who has restricted growth at a friend’s place. She asked me if I fancied a cup of tea. I had a vague and distant memory of having been told that you should never offer a disabled person help, unless they ask for help. So I just watched her struggle with the kitchen that was literally over her head, until she gave up. I wouldn’t have hesitated to ask someone who was say, 4’11”, if they needed a hand with things out of their reach. But for some reason I felt like it was legitimate to apply a different rule when someone’s 3’6”. Cringing now.”
“Whenever I go to an appointment, I can’t stop myself smirking and giggling when the receptionist invariably tells me to ‘take a seat’, then notices the wheelchair and gets all flustered!”
“I was in a newsagents. a guy was silently hovering behind me, when suddenly without a word he grabbed hold of my chair and wheeled me to the opposite end of the magazine rack! Turns out i was in the way of his mags, but who knew! Haha!”