Not all disabilities are visible, and a lot of people worldwide live with hidden physical, mental, sensory or neurological condition’s which don’t have any physical signs. The use of a wheelchair might visually signal a disability but there are common misconceptions of the unseen nature of many conditions. In my own experience with paralysis for example there are some that presume not being able to move my legs is the primary associated factor or those who believe that it occurs from either the neck down or the waist down or that paralysis only occurs in one straight line across the body. All the above are incorrect.
Frustration, misunderstandings and false perceptions are born out of a lack of education about disabilities. Only through education and the power of knowledge from an early age can we raise awareness and encourage conversation amongst the neuroscientists, software programmers and inventors of potential practical aids of the future. Open conversation and allowing exploration of natural curiosities can bring about learning about impairments and positive change. Asking questions, seeing beyond appearances and discovering about the differences that make up the people in our world is essential to change the public’s idea of what it means to be a disabled person. I think providing education around such is a really important step in redefining the mould and breaking the incapable, ignorant stereotype around people with disabilities and promoting positive attitudes. Instead of adopting a sympathetic approach to those with impairments, society could put in place supporting concrete steps to give them their human rights and the disablement we know would start to disintegrate. The more that is understood about the painful, exhausting and isolating hidden symptoms of disabilities the more humanity can help one another.