Earlier today I read, on a major blog, an article about what never to say to people in wheelchairs. However, I will not dignify it with a link.
For two reasons:
First, It assumes all people in wheelchairs have the same look, feelings and opinions. News flash! We are not a homogenous group.
Second, it assumes all people in wheelchairs are angry, grumpy and bitter. Contrary to that assumption, some of us are happy and content individuals. We even have a wicked sense of humour!
The article gave the genuinely curious reader nothing useful when approaching wheelchair people – as if we need to be approached differently than walkies.
If our paths should cross one day and you are unsure how to start a conversation, start with “Hello!” We can both take it from there.If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a cafe mocha. Thanks kindly.