I’ve read two articles recently that have had me fuming.
The first was by Ellen Seidman, son of inspirational Purple Max, a boy who like Ashley doesn’t let his challenges get in his way.
The full story tells of a restaurant manager who is getting fined for flat refusing to serve a family which included three girls with a skin condition. He actually asked them to leave.
The second was on the BBC’s news site and told of an elderly woman with dementia who was on a council minibus and was to be returned to her care home. Her driver didn’t notice she was still on the bus at the depot and went home with her leaving her overnight. What was more distressing was that her care home didn’t miss her!
The more fragile members of our society should be given more consideration than this.
This is the 21st century people so why are we still seeing people with challenges as less important or less valid than we are?
A couple on the Isle of man was refused a rental property because they were gay. Their sexuality isn’t a Challenge but it is a difference in the yes of many. They were told in a simple friendly way that this was the case, no subterfuge. They sought legal action and found the law supported the landlord. When brought to the attention of the Lieutenant Governor (chief honcho) he said he was appalled and would seek change – odd that he didn’t know about it though…
I think the problem lies in changing attitude.
Over time values change. Some folk are at the spearhead of this and others lag.
In the past, as a young man, I found my views were idealistic and to be honest impractical.
Society has a lot of inertia and new ideas take a long time to gel.
Being blessed with Ashley has opened my eyes to the plight of folk with challenges but I still find some of my views are a bit old fashioned.
Compared to the baddies in these stories though I feel saintly though.
Maybe the trick lies in taking a step back when we see or interact with people who seem different. Rather than going with our first (outdated) reaction, we smile and see the person then take action…….