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Against fear of contact: How do you react to people with disabilities?

Photo: Screenshot: Aktion Mensch-Video "The first time"

Why fear of contact with the disabled?

Most of us often encounter disabled people in everyday life - and many of us react accordingly. This video is against fear of contact!

The following situation: A few young people are invited to participate in a casting for a commercial. You do not know what this is about. Suddenly they are told that they should interact with another person. And only when that other person comes in, they see that she is handicapped.

How would you react?

"Well, how do you react?" Is only a human. " - you should think. But watching the video you can clearly see the fear of contact that many have.

The attitudes become cramped, shamed laughter ... This is how many people deal with people with disabilities . With so many thinking that we just do not want to go wrong, we lose all naturalness.

There are mistakes so perfectly fine, yes, even loosen the situation. A good example is to be found in this video (from minute 4:20): A woman who is supposed to interact with a wheelchair user says at some point in the game: "Yes, let's go now!" The wheelchair user answers: "I can not go." And she answers easily: "Yes, then we'll roll now, come on." And everyone laughs - even the wheelchair user.

Anyone who does not have a disabled person in his or her area, ie family, friends or colleagues, is often unsure when dealing. How much consideration do I have to take? Is that too much now? Am I stupid? Am I saying something wrong?

But think about it: how would you want to be treated? Would you wish lasting pity? Or always cramped people around? Probably not. Respond as you would for yourself.

The video, which bears the title "The First Time, " comes from the Aktion Mensch. On their website, they write: "Encounters can inspire, surprise, irritate, and they can be a start." In everyday life, people with and without disabilities rarely meet, and we want to change that because only then can an inclusive society emerge. "

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