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Re: [CHAT] Different abilities not disability!


@ruenhonx wrote:
Never thought of that as a disability @radio_RO can you explain that to me a bit more?
Well mental illness that has ongoing effects that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities fits the definition of disability. DIfferent to a temporary mental health problem/s that may be experienced following a stressful life event....  An example of how this works in practice, is that you may be eligible for the disability pension depending on your mental illness.

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@ruenhonx definitely, I think educating people and getting the word out there is crucial! 

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This is a great point @sunflowers5 , @radio_RO mentioned this too!

 

This brings me to another myth, that disabilities are obvious. 

Mental illnesses can sometimes be very difficult to perceive, yet they may be affecting a person in a powerful way. 

 

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@radio_RO That makes sense, thanks for explaining that Smiley Happy
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I think one of the biggest is that People with disabilities aren't interested in/cannot have sex which has huge impacts on peoples wellbeing over their lifetime.

 

Here's a mythbuster I got from http://www.yapa.org.au/openingdoors/disabilities/common_myths.php


"Adolescence is a time when young people develop an interest in sex and become more aware of their sexuality. This is normal for all young people, including young people with a disability. Many people (and some parents) treat young people with a disability like children, and are shocked when they are interested in or have a girlfriend or boyfriend. There is no reason why having a disability means that someone does not have an interest in relationships or sex!"

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@radio_RO  wow! I had honestly never thought of that until you just mentioned it. That's a really good point because it stresses on the little significance we give to those struggling mentally. 

But then I think that may be because as individuals we find it harder to believe things when we can't see it. Which is really disappointing. I wonder how we can get around this, and provide more support for those delaing with mental issues. 

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@radio_RO Ooo! Completely forgot about that one - that's pretty interesting. It can be perceived as a pretty controversial topic to talk about with some people who may not know much about disabilities. But it's definitely something to be talked about!

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that's a massive one @radio_RO 

 

I think that stigma plays a big role here too. It's a shame that this is the case and I think more education and awareness regarding disabilities could help here.

 

Okay next question guys!

 

  1. How can we combat these stereotypes in our everyday lives?

I think that everyone can contribute to tackling these stereotypes, and sometimes it's the small things that make a big difference! An example could be speaking up when negative words or phrases are used about disability.

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Very controversial Myvo! Disability rights advocates are fighting for more open conversations about sexuality with people with disabilities
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How can we combat these stereotypes in our everyday lives?

I think you need to first make sure you don't feed into those stereotypes.