One in four of us - the experience of disability
- By: Lynne Turner-Stokes
Have you ever felt bewildered when you come across someone who is disabled? You so want to get it right and to help them to feel at ease, but somehow every time you open your mouth to speak you seem to put your foot in it.
On my ward round last week I chatted for a while with one of my patients who is blind.
“See you next week,” I said as I left her room.
“See you, doctor,” she replied. Oh dear, I thought as I walked on, not the most tactful use of words. As it happened she was not offended. She explained later that she would rather I used my natural choice of language than feel I was patronising her by picking my words carefully just for her.
Not everyone would react in this way, though, and some might be deeply offended. As a consultant in rehabilitation