Ever been out in public and had someone comment on something you might have been wearing? Or your car? Maybe they commented on your broken arm or something else about you. The comments we get out in public as people with disabilities range from the strange, to the downright ridiculous, and in some case, rather offensive. As International Day of People with a Disability occurred this weekend, I thought there was no better time to publish this article.
I hit the internet streets to see what comments people had been given or heard. Here’s a few.
There’s the classic “How many fingers am I holding up?” question.
“So, I get on a bus next to this guy who makes sure I know there’s an open seat next to him. He starts rambling on about how he knows a blind such and such and he’s seen service dogs blahblahblah. About ten minutes in, out of the blue, he says. “So, what’s it like to have sex? I mean, I like looking at her pussy and face. You don’t know what you’re missing kid.” I was 17 at the time.” This one from Charles
“Who picks your clothes for you?” My mum does. She totally goes shopping with me. We have the best day ever. What’s more, I let her speak for me because you know, I’m blind and clearly have trouble speaking for myself. In all seriousness, we pick our own clothes.
Can I heal you? This one really annoys me. I am this way because I am. There’s no magical force from anything unless it’s medicine that will cure me of my blindness.
“Is it contagious?” Yes. This actually happened to a lady named Sandra. Just let me touch you and you’ll have my disability. It’s like magic!
“You don’t sound blind.” How does being blind sound?
“Do you have super senses? Like…because you can’t see or something?” Yep. I can see you’ve clearly never been around a person who can’t see.
While there are many more comments i could list, I went online again and found some videos and articles relevant to the subject.
Cut made this one.
There’s all the shit people say to blind people
Finally, Carly’s article.
While it is good to have a laugh and I may have had a chuckle at some of the comments, it is also important to remember that people with disabilities are just every day, ordinary people. We are no different than anyone else. We have families and jobs. We read, write and communicate like everyone else.