Myths about People with Disabilities
Myth # 1: People with disabilities cannot make their own decisions
- because they might make a mistake!
FACT: Everyone should have the right to make decisions for himself
- even wrong ones!
Myth # 2: You have to speak loudly to most people with disabilities
- because they might have difficulty hearing!
FACT: People get confused about how to communicate
with a person who has a disability.
SOME people with disabilities have hearing problems,
others have problems understanding,
and the rest hear and understand just like you and me.
Yelling does not help!
Myth # 3: People with disabilities shouldn't be out in our community -
they should be kept indoors at home.
FACT: More and more people who are disabled are becoming visible - in shopping malls, restaurants, theatres - enjoying life! That's the way it should be!
Myth # 4: We have to talk for people who have disabilities -
because they aren't capable.
FACT: People who take over for another person
really deprive that person of a sense of self worth and dignity.
Myth # 5: Disabled people don't have feelings like you -
their blood is a different color, too!
FACT: People with disabilities think and feel the same as anyone, but
the public seems to think that they should react to situations
differently than other people do.