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I'm an aspiring sports journalist and am currently studying Professional Writing & Editing at RMIT with a view to completing a journalism degree. Sport plays a big part in my life and I don't think you will ever be able to take sport away from me no matter what I am doing or where I am in the world.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Why be negative towards those with disabilities?

Despite society developing a greater understanding and acceptance of people with disabilites, there is still plenty of work to be done by the individuals who make up our society.

Reading a thread on a forum today, it only made me think again about something that I have known for a long time as a person with a disability and this is that no matter what you do or say to change people's view of you, it won't always change.

The negative attitudes that they display towards people with a disability will remain with them for the rest of thier lives.

Just because someone has a disability, this doesn't mean that they should be judged any differenly and in my experience as someone who has a disability, most people are willing to learn more about your disability if it means they can have a greater understanding of who you are as a person.

For example, someone who is Deaf or hearing imparied may be laughed out or labeled because they can't speak properly or don't communicate with others at all using voice and instead use hands to communicate.

Just because someone can't hear or has trouble hearing, this shouldn't mean that this person should be treated any differently. A lot of organisations have been slow to realise that there are Deaf people who are clients who need interpreters etc to help them understand when someone is trying to communicate with them.

Negative attitudes towards people with disabilities will continue unless people are prepared to no longer judge those around them and to be positive with regards to who they are as people.


Blogger ivanie said...

" ... Most people are willing to learn more about your disability if it means they can have a greater understanding of who you are as a person."

Totally agree with you! I try to be as nice and as friendly as normally possible to people if I ever meet they have a disability. There's no reason why ANYONE from any appearance/race/gender/ability/disablity should be discriminated against. Everyone is still human and im sure if something is wrong with them (i.e. - physically deformed) it isnt their fault or anything, they do not wish it upon themselves. This can go on forever, but I wont ;)

I say it has a lot to do with parents teaching values, like "treat others as you would like to be treated!"

In the school yard, I can definitely say more people need to learn that!

What thread are you referring to? Vogue or is it on a sporting related board you are talking about?

- Ivan aka _alterego

12:08 am  
Blogger Ben Carbonaro said...

I wes a actually talking about a thread in a non sports board on a football forum.

3:02 pm  

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