Yep that’s what was shouted out from a waiting car as I crossed the dual carriageway in my wheelchair, the crossing lights were green and traffic was light, so I was somewhat confused as to why I was recieving this abuse?
What should we do when this happens, its not the first time and my reaction up till then has been to ignore them but not this time!
I was the only person crossing and I stopped in the middle of the road and span my chair towards the vehicle, he was in his car with a mate and they were obviously incredibly amused at the childish taunt. I asked him if he would like to repeat the insult and his friend turned and looked at him as did the people in the car next to them, the poor guy didn’t know what to do! I left it at that and just shook my head as I pushed off the road and back onto the path and it was at that point that I realised that I had put myself in a dodgy situation. I may be 6′ 4″ and heavy built but I was after all in a wheelchair and that is a definite disadvantage.
Verbal and even physical abuse towards disabled people is on the rise, I’m not sure if this is because generally it’s not as safe as it once was and human decency has without a doubt taken a steep dive. Benefit cuts and the negative media has obviously fueled negative feelings about disabled people and I have heard that many wheelchair users have now started to use a small camera mounted on the chair to record any problems.
Please stay safe
Until next time!