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Judgement cartoon

March 12, 2011

We’re constantly hearing about prejudice towards all types of people of other races, ages, disabilities, socioeconomic backgrounds and so on forth. I have been on the receiving end of prejudice many times myself on account of my deafness. Bear in mind that most people with disabilities don’t have a family at home that share their problems. People of other races and religions seek support from their communities. In many cases people with disabilities have to deal with it alone or go to cities where they can find others who share their issues. Most of the problems that people with disabilities have isn’t as a result of their disability- they have learned to adapt. It’s the assumptions of others who assume they will be unable to do something or that they would be a burden. As a result unemployment rates are astronomically high even amongst disabled people who are well educated. This is a seriously old fashioned way of thinking and needs to stop. The Council of the Blind in Norway has felt the need to stoop to comedy advertising to encourage people to hire blind people because they ‘save electricity’-showing a blind person working in a dark room. Having a sense of humour is one thing, having to resort to it as a way to get people to look past your disability is something else entirely. A similar advertisement for black people would not be tolerated.

Please look at people with disabilities as people first. Take off your veil and stop making assumptions as to what they can and can’t do. We are your fellow humans on this planet and we want to contribute to making this world a better place just as much as you do. Let us help you do that.

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