23 September, 2010
just found this thing I wrote a long time ago
And while we're on the subject, the whole "speak to me, don't speak to the person with me, look me in the eye, don't use simple English, treat me like everyone else" thing, said by people with physical disabilities when giving instructions on how to treat all people with physical disabilities, PROVES that people with disabilities are not automatically good at understanding how everyone wants to be treated! Someone who makes intense eye contact with me and talks in a "smart" way etc. and expects me to respond quickly, and isn't willing to accept that someone else might be doing some of the talking for me, is not treating me the way I want to be treated and is not respecting me, even though they might think they're respecting me by "treating me like everyone else." A fair amount of physically disabled people have multiple disabilities and may have trouble being "treated like everyone else" just as much as or even more than I do.