Do you remember when we were a child and the doctor discussed with our parents first how ill we are, what our symptoms are?
As an adult, wouldn’t a similar scenario hurt bother or even annoy us? Unfortunately disabled
people still face distinction like that. The doctor, the administrator or even the man of the street would contact the healthy person/assistant that escort them. It’s even typical in case of blind people, maybe because a visually impaired person usually can’t make eye contact with the person who wants to talk to them. Because of that people mostly don’t even bother trying to talk to them, they’d rather talk to the accompanying even if their words aren’t meant for them. If people don’t directly talk to a blind person and they can detect it from the context it obviously hurts their feelings.
Though people living with visual, hearing or locomotor disability can perfectly understand and reply to us.
It is important that we don’t take the chance of disabled people to communicate, to share their opinions and to make responsible decisions! We can make huge differences towards equal opportunity with small things, such as address our message to the disabled person instead of their helpers. The helper’s task is not to speak instead of the disabled but assist her/him.
(Thank you Róbert Rauch for your thoughts!)