8 Things Strangers Say And Do When You’re In A Wheelchair

We’re just the same as the rest of you, okay? It’d be nice if you would treat us that way. But if you could grab the door every now and then, we wouldn’t be opposed.

1. “What happened to your legs?”

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Okay, not only is that completely rude and disrespectful, but there are other conditions somebody could have which requires use of a wheelchair.

2. *Ignores you and talks to the person you’re with who isn’t in a wheelchair*

Um, excuse me. I’m not a child. I can speak for myself, thank you.

3. “Wanna race?”

No. I do not want to race. I don’t even want to talk to you.

4. *Pulls child, friend, or spouse out of the way*

I wasn’t going to run you over, okay? But now I want to, so watch out.

5. “Whoa there, slow down, speedy!”

  • Insert polite laugh here *
    How clever. I’ve never heard that one before.

6. “Wow! Where can I get me one of those?”

We can trade if you want. I’d much rather have a normally functioning body than a wheelchair.

7. *Stares at you*

OMG. Is there something on my face? Oh wait. It’s the wheelchair…

8. “Hey, I like your shirt!”

Thank you for treating me like the normal human being I am! You rock!

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