Myths About People With Disabilities
In order to break down barriers to accessibility, it is important for people to understand disabilities. This is why it is important for all people to learn more about all Ontarians and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Myth: People with disabilities are inferior to 'normal' people and their lives are very different.
This is a myth because we don't even have a consensus of what is 'normal'? We have to remember that we all have different abilities, talents, interests and personalities - you name it! People with disabilities go to school, get married, work, have families, play, do laundry, go shopping, eat out, travel, volunteer, vote, pay taxes, laugh, cry, plan and dream - just like everyone else. People with disabilities are us!
Myth: We need to feel sorry for people with disabilities.
This is a myth because it is patronizing. People with disabilities don't need pity. They need access to opportunities.
Myth: People with disabilities are brave and courageous.
This is a myth because adjusting to a disability requires adapting to a lifestyle, not bravery and courage. Remember that any one of us can become disabled at any time.
Myth: It's not a good idea to hire people with disabilities. They have a higher turnover rate and they take sick days more often.
This is a myth because many studies show that employees with disabilities are often more productive, dependable and loyal than their co-workers without disabilities. That adds up to savings of millions of dollars every year in hiring and training costs.
Myth: You have to be careful when you're talking to a person with a disability, because they are easily offended if you use the wrong word.
This is a myth because you just need to be as polite and respectful as you would when speaking to anyone. If you're not sure what to say or do, it's okay to ask.
Myth: It's difficult serving customers with disabilities.
Customers with disabilities have the same preferences, perceptions, attitudes, habits, and needs as customers without disabilities, and they are looking for the same quality of products and services.
Remember, everyone, regardless of ability, deserves to be treated with the same dignity and respect
As the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005)(AODA) is implemented throughout the province there is potential for future change. To learn more about compliance and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities visit my website below.
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