People, who acquire disabilities during their lifetime, typically find ways to adapt their lives to deal with the disability. People, who are born with disabilities, live their lives the only way they know or have known since birth. I say this because a good friend of mine has MS. She often requires a scooter or crutches to ambulate. When she shared what she considered to be exciting news about a promotion she received which would require an increase in business travel, she was told, “I really admire your courage. It’s amazing how you can continue to work so hard and pretend nothing is wrong.”
My friend walked into this conversation feeling excited and left feeling sad. What a shame that her co-worker did not realize that accepting this promotion did not take courage, nor is she in denial. Another reason for Disability Etiquette & Awareness Training.
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