I have been using a 15-year-old desktop computer to write these blogs that many have loved. Of course, some things come to a crashing end, and my computer has, so I am having a friend set me up anew. He is not an archaeologist, but hopefully, he will still have me up and running lickety-split and back on track. Alas, the post for this week is an “oldie but a goodie,” though it is brand new for a few of you. Rest assured, my next blog is good and all new and will remind some that not everything is what it seems. You think you know, but you have no idea.
How to spot a fake disabled person…
If you are reading this post to find out the clues I can teach you so you can spot that faker, then read on. For example, you saw a person park in the handicap space and walk inside unassisted, so you want to call them out. You might have observed an individual use a wheelchair one day and a cane a few days later, and you want to bust them. Well, the truth is: LEAVE THEM THE HELL ALONE!
People with disabilities can have physical challenges that are not visible yet cause struggles you could not imagine. But unfortunately, sometimes, they get attacked by a self-entitled morality vigilante that assaults them verbally or worse. I have heard of these onslaughts as demeaning notes left on a car windshield or a vicious verbal violation that left my friend in tears for hours. This abuse was after she felt exceptionally jubilant because her illness had her bedridden the previous four days, and she was finally in a bipedal propulsion position.
Just because you see a person using a wheelchair one day and a cane, the next only shows that disabilities change daily. The pain level or physical abilities could be high one day and drop like a rock the next day. When you see a person park in the handicap spot and walk in the building with no mobility aid, they could have a heart condition. These invisible symptoms can be as numerous and varied as fish in a lake, meaning: LEAVE THEM ALONE!
The truth is I have heard whispers of a widespread scam of people faking disabilities, and it is simply not true. I heard one person say they let these fakers know I see them so the real disabled can park there. Then I asked him what an individual with a disability looks like, and without giving him a chance to respond, I stopped him. I explained he might have good intentions, but in fact, he is probably about to ruin someone’s day. We cannot spot a person with a disability in a crowd like a guy wearing a fluorescent ball cap. Some people with disabilities stand out because of a medical device like a walker, wheelchair, or oxygen mask. However, many have unseeable disabilities that need your love and support, not condemnation and criticism.
The ignorance of society and the way entitled people can treat others simply makes me sad. To all those who do not have enough in their lives, making them want to criticize others, I say STOP! Live your life to the fullest and let others do the same because what you think you see is not what you actually see. If your life is that empty, find a hobby and spend every bit of your time controlling every aspect of the said hobby. Most importantly, since you know nothing about strangers’ lives, allow them the peace to live their lives as well. Everyone should make this a topic of conversation with friends and family, as the truth needs to be shared.
You may think you know, but you have no idea.