Most people who are abled never have the problem of being discriminated against but that may not be the case if you have a disability. How do you handle these situations? Handling a situation like this properly is very important or else you could make the situation worse. I have personally been discriminated against and was very hurt by this behavior but I was able to fix the problem by doing a simple few things.
In one of my volunteer positions, I worked with a girl who refused to sit next to me, have any conversation, or touch any papers that I touched but I soon learned it was because of my disability. She thought that I was contagious! Since I was very hurt by her actions I confronted her and told her that my disability is not contagious and she could not catch it! As soon as I reassured her that she could not catch my disability she started acting like we were best friends. An apology would have gone a long way but since she did not give me one pursuing a friendship was never going to be an option!
Apologize- If you have discriminated against someone and are called out on it a simple apology will go a long way! A genuine apology, says a lot about a person and if you don’t apologize it makes it look like you don’t care. Correcting your mistakes is not the same as saying “I’m sorry.”
Confrontation- When I was discriminated against I confronted the person that was discriminating against me and it seemed to work that time. I was being discriminated against by a teenager so my results may have been different if they were an adult. Sometimes an abled person may treat a person with a disability differently because they aren’t educated about that disability. Treating somebody differently based on appearance is wrong but sometimes all it takes is a conversation to put their mind at ease.
Express your feelings- When you are discriminated against let the person know that your feelings have been hurt or they will keep doing it! There are no guarantees they will stop but all you can do is try you can’t do anything more!
Report it- If you have been discriminated against by a business or by someone who honestly doesn’t care and keeps doing it, report it. Behavior like this should not be tolerated or go unnoticed!
Being discriminated against is very hurtful and no one should have to experience it! If you are disabled, you are more likely to have experienced discrimination than if you were abled. It is never okay to discriminate against someone disability or not! Avoiding a person with a disability because you think you may catch it is rude and if you ever have any concerns just ask! When you treat people with disabilities in this way you may think that they may not notice because they don’t say anything right away but most likely they did. If you have any questions about what you should do if you are discriminated against please leave them in the comments below!