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10 MYTHS ABOUT DISABILITY 🤔 | Stereotypes That Aren’t True


Hello, everybody and welcome back to my channel! The world has a lot of stereotypes about a
lot of different people. Stereotypes are kind of just part of our society
and everybody sort of gets used to them, but with disability there’s a lot of stereotypes that are continually perpetuated, especially by the media, who doesn’t always represent disabled people well. If you let these sort of myths continue on
and you believe them and you keep listening to them, it can really affect a disabled persons
quality of life. It can make it more difficult for us to have
accomodations, be represented in the media, and get jobs, because people stereotype disabled people. Disabilities especially are extremely fluid,
always changing and very complex. So today I will be busting ten myths about
disability. But I thought this would be a great way to
kind of..do a fun video where I went through some of the stereotypes that, as a disabled
person, I hear a lot. If you have any stereotypes or you would like
me to do more of these let me know. Let’s get started. Disabled people only hang out with other disabled
people. This is uproariously incorrect. I actually don’t have any other disabled friends
in real life and most of the people I know with disabilities are from the internet or
online or support groups. It’s actually surprsingly difficult to make
friends with people with disabilities when you have one yourself, because getting our
schedules to work and your health to match up is next to impossible. All disabled people don’t have jobs. Most disabled people actually still work and a lot of disabilities don’t necessarily impede your ability to work. they just mean you need some certain accomodations. A lot of disabled people actually prefer working,
it keeps your body and your mind busy. In the early stages of disability, a lot of
people stop working, mostly just because it’s really difficult to adapt and learn how to
live your life with a disability. But there are definitely plenty of disabled people that work jobs, and it’s totally doable. And another thing I also hear that people
assume if you’re disabled and you don’t work, you also get money from the government, but
it’s actually really difficult to get monetary assistance from the government when you’re
disabled. They require a lot of paperwork, the process
takes a long time, and for people with rare or confusing conditions it’s kind of difficult
to have the government understand that you don’t have mainstream illness, but you still
need help. You’re either emergently ill and in the ICU or your sickness isn’t that dangerous at all and it doesn’t bother you in day-to-day life. Most people with disabilities live in a middle
area, where they have chronic health conditions that impede their daily abilities, but they’re
not necessarily life-threatening. This is important to keep in mind, because
it’s kind of rude if you just assume that someone with a disability is dying when a
lot of disabilities are no longer fatal they just require constant ongoing treatment. But it’s just important to keep in mind that
most people don’t fall in the two extremes. They’re neither perfectly healthy nor in the
ICU all the time. Most disabled people fall in the middle somewhere. Everybody in a wheelchair is really medically fragile. Most people who think of wheelchairs – the
first thing they think of is paralysis. A lot of people with paralysis are otherwise
perfectly health, except for their spinal cord injury and are not medically fragile. Don’t just assume because someone’s in a wheelchair
that their health is really bad and vice versa. Just don’t assume anything about people’s health. Disabled people don’t want you to talk about or mention their wheelchair. Most disabled people are very open if you
have questions. It can be tiring if everybody’s asking questions
all the time so read the situation, but for the most part, we’re never really offended
when someone asks. Especially if it’s, like, a child at a grocery
store who runs up and wants to ask us about our wheelchair. We understand children are curious and I would
much prefer someone to ask me a question about my wheelchair then stare at it awkwardly or
pretend like it doesn’t exist. It’s kind of finding that perfect balance. Obviously you can’t walk up to a total stranger
and ask them why they’re in a wheelchair, but if you’re friends with someone in a wheelchair
it’s not inappropriate to reference it and ask them about it. Disabled people don’t have sex or any kind
of sex appeal or any sort of sex life. Most people with disabilities have vibrant
sex lives and can have sex perfectly fine with a few accomodations. Basically, just because you have shitty health
doesn’t mean that your libido suddenly ceases to exist or that there isn’t someone out there
who finds you attractive. Disabled people have sex, they have the ability
to have sex. I’m not gonna tell you how because it varies
from disability to different disability, but this is a major stereotype. Disabled people can be attractive, they can
be sexy, we can wear lingerie. We can do whatever we want and we still look
good doing it so… *clicks tongue* Disabled people are less intelligent or intellectually challenged. This one’s kind of tough because there certainly
are disabled people that are intellectually challenged and there’s absolutely nothing
wrong with that, and they’re great individuals that have great lives and you can communicate
with them the same way you would communicate with pretty much anybody else. There are conditions in which people tend
to assume that someone is mentally challenged. Cerebral Palsy is the first one that comes
to mind, cause a lot of people with CP have trouble talking and so their voice or words
make come out slurred and difficult to understand. CP doesn’t affect your cognitive skills. Most people with CP are still intellectually average. Even if a person is intellectually challenged,
you don’t wanna treat them any different. So it’s just best to not assume that anybody’s
intellectually challenged. Especially if you’re assuming that just based
off of their wheelchair and their abilities, cause plenty of people use wheelchairs and
have absolutely no cognitive dysfunction. Just research Stephen Hawking and you will
know that that is certainly totally possible. You can be just as brilliant as anybody else,
in a wheelchair. Accessibility just means putting ramps wherever
there are steps. This is really inaccurate and actually one
of the reasons why I created my series about different conditions, because I find that
it’s really difficult to get accessibility and accomodations in place when you have conditions
that aren’t necessarily mainstream. It’s often not thought about that you can
make a place unaccessible, even if its doesn’t have any steps. There’s a lot more to disability than just
not being able to walk. Some people have trouble with noises. I have trouble with smells and allergens,
and being able to accomodate those kinds of people is vital in accessibility. Accessibility requires a lot more work than
just ramps. Every disabled person is an insipiration who
never gives up on life. First of all, disabled people are humans too,
and we have bad days just like anybody else. Not every disabled person is gonna be bright
and cheery all the time and inspiring you to do whatever you wanna do. In fact, a lot of disabled people are vehemently
against this idea that disability equates hopefulness and cheerfulness and positivity,
because that’s not what it’s like to be disabled. A lot of days are disheartening, a lot of
doctors appoinments, a lot of bad news, and it’s not always cheery butterflies and rainbows
and all that stuff. Homeopathic remedies are easy and quick and
they always work. Anybody with a disability has been suggested
to go vegan, try quinoa, eat more kale, do yoga… and while all these things are good
in and of themselves and can benefit your body they’re not gonna cure any sort of disability,
and even if they do, they’re often expensive, because they’re not covered by insurance,
or prescribed by doctors. And most people with disabilities are financially
ruined, so trying to figure out how to afford a remedy that’s not even gonna work is completely
impossible. That’s all of the ten myths that I had today. I hope you guys enjoyed this video and learned
something about disability from it. As always, ask me any questions, if you have
any, and give this video a big thumbs up if you enjoyed watching it. Subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see
more videos like this, and I will see you guys in the next video!

Cesar Sullivan

4 thoughts on “10 MYTHS ABOUT DISABILITY 🤔 | Stereotypes That Aren’t True

  1. Great list! I would add one more. I’m a screenwriter and even though I was born with a birth defect, I became more disabled later in life. I have always been a very social person, so my health deteriorating has been hard on me. I write about this in my screenplays. On feedback I have received, I have been told ‘it is unrealistic for people with disabilities to be this social’. EXCUSE ME? We can be just as social and outgoing as anybody else, especially since as you said, we don’t all hang out with other disabled people. Most of my friends are able bodied.

  2. I have 36 disabilities and when I tell people that I act different they always say "Oh I've felt different too!" They don't understand 😩

  3. I have cerebral palsy, so I can relate, people call those with CP stupid, and people called me a baby because I still pee the bed a little at night sometimes, my cerebral palsy causes urinary issues, so my pants sometimes are wet at night, even my teacher was asking why i had to use the restroom so urgently, because with cerebral palsy when I need to pee, I start to leak sometimes, one time I had such a bad urge to pee I didn't make it, I wet the bed completely

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