SRS: High Yellow- apparently wheelchair users must not be able to walk
tw: ableist ridicule, ableism
In Alex Day’s most recent video, he mentions the “funniest thing he saw”: seeing a man using a wheelchair trying to get on a bus and struggling to position the wheelchair, then standing up, pushing the wheelchair into the space, and sitting back down. He quite obviously laughs at this man, presumably because he can walk even though he’s using the wheelchair.
Fortunately, there were a lot of people - wheelchair users, sufferers of invisible illness, and people who know people in those situations - in the comments trying to set him straight. However, there were also a lot of people who ridiculed the man and assumed that he was in the wheelchair to skip the queues…
Apparently, some people do take advantage of Disney’s disability policy by hiring wheelchairs to use at Disneyland and hiring disabled people to take with them to Disneyland. I hadn’t heard of this until recently, and I don’t know how common it is for people to actually do this, but it seems that because of these people, Disney have changed their rules, making it more difficult for, you know, actual disabled people to enjoy their visits to the parks. I have read a blog post about this a while ago, but I can’t remember where, hopefully I’ll find it soon and can link it.
Also, due to people ‘faking’ a disability or injury, many of the people in the comments assume that this man is ‘faking’ his disability too. Just because he got out of his wheelchair to take a few steps. Now this could well be the case, but it definitely isn’t fair to assume!
There are so many illnesses and disabilities that cause people to need wheelchairs, whether walking causes them fatigue, pain, or anything in between. Many of the people who use wheelchairs can walk, but not for very long. And I’m pretty sure spending a day at Disney would be tiring for most people.
So remember, not everyone who uses a wheelchair is paralysed or physically can’t walk. Many can walk, if only for a few steps or over short distances. Please, don’t judge someone for getting out of a wheelchair for a few steps, especially if you don’t know them.