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What Are They Thinking

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I understand the concept. I agree there is a stigma about disabilities in most countries, but I think the campaign sends the wrong message. What do you think?

Does the campaign reinforce the stigma about disabilities or does it reduce negative thoughts about people who have a disability?

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6 Responses to “What Are They Thinking”

  • Esther says:

    This campaign may or may not be successful in their mission to remove the many stigmas associated with the disabled population and It could strengthen the “wrong message”. Scott, could you share what you believe to be the possible harm this campaign could do to people it strives to assist?

    • Scott says:

      Esther, I believe the biggest harm might be that the campaign backfires. The campaign may reinforce the negative image some people have of differently enabled people. Reminding people about negative statements may increase discriminatory action because it makes people believe others think the same way. There is power in numbers.

  • Esther says:

    Scott I think the negative impact stigma has on people with disabilities is reinforced by this campaign. “Not too long ago offensive labels like idiot, imbecile, cretin, feebleminded, moron , and retarded were commonly used to describe “a disabled population”-NYTIMES. Does the campaign reduce negative thoughts about disabled people? Hopefully. I had some mistaken beliefs, and, unbeknownst offensive interactions . At the very least it provides education–.

  • Esther Antman says:

    Hopefully, the open honest discussions amongst disabled and non-disabled about their feelings will lead to positive change in thinking and behaviors; at the very least an awareness that disabled people dislike pity, some dislike admiration and, all want to be treated as equals or at least not differently. People with invisible injuries are not slackers or scammers any more than other populations.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.