Reflective Essay: My Experiences In A Disabled

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Many people today have some sort of disability, a lot of these lead people to use wheelchairs. Although, most of society overlooks those who use wheelchairs, they simply ignore their existence at times. Only taking notice if they absolutely have to. Or, instead of overlooking and ignoring, people will decide to be overly sympathetic. However, that is another person, another human just dealing with life like anyone else. Everyone has difficulties or challenges in life that they must overcome. I will now share my own experiences in a wheelchair for a day, addressing specific difficulties, views of others, my own connections to the class, and how my own experiences can be applied to the field of recreation. Just a brief play by play of my own…show more content…
One thing that I noticed was the general societal norm of sympathy towards anyone with a disability. A lot of people that I saw were very sorry and wanted to know what happened. Of course I was more accepting of this sympathy, but those who live with disabilities do not need sympathy about major part of their own life. However, people who do not use wheelchairs are usually over sympathetic towards those in wheelchairs. One man offered to help me open the wheelchair when I got out of the car, while I was still standing. I could clearly walk and stand, but he believed that I needed assistance. I had not even been struggling with it for long, maybe a few seconds of trying to push the chair down. Many people are overly sympathetic to those with disabilities, even though that is just a part of their…show more content…
Like the front desk at the dining hall, or the desks in the science classroom. Those who designed the buildings did not take into account smaller things like that. Of course it does comply with the ADA requirements, but there are little things that could have easily been changed or were built different to start with that would make life a lot simpler for those in wheelchairs. Sidewalks or just pathways through campus need to be repaved so it is easier to move from one place to another. Overall, many buildings and places are not designed for easy access for anyone of any
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