We come across all kinds of people every day. We try to empathise with them. However, it is essential to note that no matter how much we try to keep ourselves in someone else's shoes, it is impossible to understand how they feel entirely. One might think they know how bad it feels to lose a race, but only someone who genuinely cares about that and has faced that loss can truly understand that feeling. Here are some common misconceptions that people have about differently-abled people:
Differently-abled people do not appreciate others helping them.
I think the main reason people have this misconception is the popular culture portraying differently-abled as "strong" and not needing someone else's help. This is something that I feel is not true at all.
They are as strong as anyone else, differently-abled or not. They don't need to be reminded that they are "strong". I know a person who is visually impaired. Whenever I see him, I would walk him to wherever he was heading. He doesn't mind it. He appreciates it. They realise that certain things might be more difficult for them than others. Helping them doesn't undermine their effort.
Differently-abled want to associate only with each other.
It may seem that they would feel more comfortable with other people with similar disabilities. This is not true at all. They don't want their disability to define who they associate with. Most of the differently-abled people I know don't even know others with some disability.
Differently-abled people deserve our pity.
I can't begin to describe how many people think that their disability is a tragedy and that we need to pity them. This is due to the negative attitude of society towards them. Disability does not mean poor quality of life. Their life is just as normal as any other person's.
People with disability use wheelchairs.
This is not as common as other misconceptions, but I know some people who still think that disability is the same as using a wheelchair. Many kinds of disabilities have nothing to do with using a wheelchair.