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The Deaf Leading the Blind
Disabled people often complain that so-called “able-bodied” people treat them as though they have the plague or other contagious disease or talk down to them as though there must be something wrong with their brain as well as there body. My question is do
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Greetings, and welcome to the 10 December 2007 Neuromuscular Diseases Newsletter
This free newsletter is put out weekly and provides a wealth of information for anybody living with or interested in Neuromuscular Diseases and the effect it has on people’s lives.
In the spirit of the festive season, it might be worthwhile talking about relationships between disabled and able-bodied people. The question in this week’s article is whether disabled people treat persons with different disabilities in the same way as the manner in which the average person treats disabled people. What would you say would be the most effective solutions to close the gap between disabled and so-called normal persons? Please share with us the tips and tricks, or common sense, in ways you successfully interact with people on the street, in restaurants, on busses and trains and when relaxing at a party. Specific disabilities will have specific problems, difficulties, and challenges to overcome as people’s circumstances differ. This will lead to an interesting conversation.
Thoughts for the week:
"Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it--immediately."
- Stephen Covey
"In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people.. they no longer can lead solely based on positional power."
- Ken Blanchard
“Endeavour to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?"
- Thomas a Kempis
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