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Myths and Facts About People with Disabilities


Everybody's fighting some kind of stereotype, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that barriers people with disabilities face begin with people's attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation and misunderstandings about what it's like to live with a disability. Myth 1: People with disabilities are brave and courageous.Fact: Adjusting to a disability requires adapting to a lifestyle, not bravery and courage. Myth 2: All persons who use wheelchairs are chronically ill or sickly.Fact: The association between wheelchair use and illness may have evolved through hospitals using wheelchairs to transport sick people. A person may use a wheelchair for a variety of reasons, none of which may have anything to do with lingering illness. Myth 3: Wheelchair use is confining; people who use wheelchairs are "wheelchair-bound."Fact: A wheelchair, like a bicycle or an automobile, is a personal assistive device that enables someone to get around. Myth 4: All persons with hearing disabilities can read lips.Fact: Lip-reading skills vary among people who use them and are never entirely reliable. Myth 5: People who are blind acquire a "sixth sense."Fact: Although most people who are blind develop their remaining senses more fully, they do not have a "sixth sense." Myth 6: People with disabilities are more comfortable with "their own kind."Fact: In the past, grouping people with disabilities in separate schools and institutions reinforced this misconception. Today, many people with disabilities take advantage of new opportunities to join mainstream society. Myth 7: Non-disabled people are obligated to "take care of" people with disabilities.Fact: Anyone may offer assistance, but most people with disabilities prefer to be responsible for themselves. Myth 8: Curious children should never ask people about their disabilities.Fact: Many children have a natural, uninhibited curiosity and may ask questions that some adults consider embarrassing. But scolding curious children may make them think having a disability is "wrong" or "bad." Most people with disabilities won't mind answering a child's question. Myth 9: The lives of people with disabilities are totally different than the lives of people without disabilities.Fact: People with disabilities go to school, get married, work, have families, do laundry, grocery shop, laugh, cry, pay taxes, get angry, have prejudices, vote, plan and dream like everyone else. Myth 10: It is all right for people without disabilities to park in accessible parking spaces, if only for a few minutes.Fact: Because accessible parking spaces are designed and situated to meet the needs of people who have disabilities, these spaces should only be used by people who need them. Myth 11: Most people with disabilities cannot have sexual relationships.Fact: Anyone can have a sexual relationship by adapting the sexual activity. People with disabilities can have children naturally or through adoption. People with disabilities, like other people, are sexual beings. Myth 12: People with disabilities always need help.Fact: Many people with disabilities are independent and capable of giving help. If you would like to help someone with a disability, ask if he or she needs it before you act. Myth 13: There is nothing one person can do to help eliminate the barriers confronting people with disabilities.

Fact: Everyone can contribute to change. You can help remove barriers by:

·        Understanding the need for accessible parking and leaving it for those who need it

·        Encouraging participation of people with disabilities in community activities by using accessible meeting and event sites

·        Understanding children's curiosity about disabilities and people who have them

·        Advocating a barrier-free environment

·        Speaking up when negative words or phrases are used about disability

·        Writing producers and editors a note of support when they portray someone with a disability as a "regular person" in the media

·        Accepting people with disabilities as individuals capable of the same needs and feelings as yourself, and hiring qualified disabled persons whenever possible 

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28.10.2014

All news:

Round tables
Tomorrow Is Too Long to Wait for Inclusion
International Day of PWDs
29 Ways to Describe a Disability to Someone Who Doesn’t Understand It
CIL Serbia realised another PA training
Sectoral Round tables
Why Using a Wheelchair Is the Opposite of Giving Up
The 3 Words I Want Every Single Hospital Employee to Hear
8 ‘Helpful’ Things That Don’t Really Help People With Disabilities
When a Little Girl Felt Sorry for My Son
PA training in Vrsac
7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them
The 12 Pillars of Independent Living
The social model of disability
Hidden Limits
Dear Society, Why Don’t You See Different as Beautiful?
Myths and Facts About People with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014
Licencing
EU Delegation in Serbia supported the increasing of political participation of persons with disabilities and the impact on policy development in Serbia
National Conference
Accredited Program of Education for Personal Assistants working in five cities in Serbia
CIL Serbia held its Presidency and the Assembly meetings
Jointly forces for economic and political empowerment of persons with disability
With joint forces of political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities
"Public sector for all citizens"
Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
Combining the strengths: Jointly for political and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities - EIDHR
"Walk of Shame on 5 May" - Save the date
Autism Awareness
SEMINAR – COMMUNICATION AND NEGOTIATING SKILLS
Donation of natural supplements
PROUD OF WHAT WE DO IN PAST 10 YEARS ( and a few more)
Establishing an informal parliamentary group for improving the status, position and quality of life of persons with disabilities ( PWDs Group )
International Day of persons with disability marked in Serbian National Assembly
DISABILITY IS NOT THE QUESTION OF CHOICE – YOUR ATTITUDE IS
Advocacy and local support networks building
Workshop on social enterpreneurship
Stop Saying 'Wheelchair-Bound' And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities



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