Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination.

Disability Discrimination is rife especailly if you do not look disabled.

People can draw conclusions without actually looking at the facts and whether it is discrimination in the workplace or an airport people with disabilities have rights and should not be humiliated.

Companies should not pass the buck and should own up to their misdoings and compensate the person they have discriminated against.

Far too often untrained staff can cast judgment and make a disabled person feel degraded and made to look like they are liars when in reality some disabilities are silent.

People with autoimmune disorders for example may not necessarily look disabled at a glance. The same applies to people with mental health conditions.

I think everyone who is disabled and diagnosed by a doctor, consultant, or professor should carry a disabled card. Not everyone wears a neon sign on their forehead saying they are disabled.

I remember from personal experience refusing to step barefoot on airport flooring whilst I was told to remove my shoes and the looks I was being given as I was holding everyone up was beyond belief. I was then given used plastic shoe covers to cover my feet.

Had I continued making a fuss I would most probably have been ushered away or refused to go through customs and consequently missing my flight. I had to just bite my tongue and reason with myself that the cross-contamination of germs providing they did not get into my bloodstream could be washed away as soon as I came home.

This was very distressing and for the two and half hour flight plus the one-hour drive home felt like it was taking forever and felt like hell as I could not wait to wash my feet.

Not that I plan to go anywhere any time soon but the next time I plan to travel by air I will be prepared and will have my own shoe protector coverings.

On another occasion, just before a court hearing where I was appearing as a witness, I was told I could not bring my hand sanitizer past the security gate. You can imagine the commotion I caused whilst solicitors, judges, and barristers were trying to get past to the courtrooms, in the end, they let me through.

Discrimination is not just for disabled people it can range from, religion, race, gender and age, and sexual orientation. Discrimination is the act of judging someone based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they are perceived to belong to.

Some links to disabled discrimination news:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/disabled-woman-stansted-airport-refuse-help-ryanair-nathalie-allport-grantham-a8138051.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/29/met-treatment-of-disabled-xr-activists-branded-degrading-and-humiliating

https://www.skillcast.com/blog/12-notorious-uk-discrimination-cases

My recommendation including shoes coverings and disability aids.

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