According to statistics, one in five people consider themselves disabled in the UK and require some form of assistance in the form of a medical carer, wheelchair or walking aid. With this said, the general public tend to be ignorant when it comes to the disabled community which has led to the creation of many myths and misconceptions. Read on as the team here at Assurance Mobility bust the top three…
Myth: People with disabilities require help even when they don’t ask for it
There are disabilities that vary considerably from individual to individual. In fact, many people who class themselves as disabled tend to retain most or all of their independence which means that unwarranted help from other people can come across the wrong way. As a result, it is important not to push wheelchair users, particularly those who are travelling alone, without asking if they require assistance first or attempt to do basic tasks for those with limited mobility under the presumption that they cannot do it themselves.
Myth: People with disabilities want special treatment
Since the world is built for able-bodied people, the implementation of disability friendly ramps, wheelchair-only seating and other features to improve mobility can be seen as special treatment by those who do not understand the difficulty of navigating a city with a disability. In reality, disabled people want to be treated equally, however these accessibility features are a necessary change in order to obtain equality.
Myth: It is easy to spot a disability
Although a wheelchair isn’t exactly an easy mobility tool to hide, it allows the public to make any necessary changes in order to ensure accessibility. With this said, millions of people in the UK suffer from an ‘invisible’ disability that cannot be immediately noticed. This can lead to distressing confrontations from the public, particularly when parking in disabled bays. As a result, it is vital that society understands the term ‘disabled’ and does not automatically apply it solely to wheelchair users because many people often fall under the umbrella term.
For many years, the word disabled has had negative connotations that often alienates people from general society. Here at Assurance Mobility, we want to set the record straight once and for all and remind our readers that a disability should not divide people from one another. To find our more information about our range of high-quality wheelchairs and mobility products, get in contact with a member of the Assurance Mobility Team today!