However, when shopping with a person who has a disability it is another matter entirely. In the aisles, shoppers would leave the ones that we were walking in because they felt uncomfortable. When an individual would attempt to pay for whatever they were buying, the cashier would often speak slower and louder to them. They weren’t hard of hearing, but even if they were, how would speaking louder make them understand what was being said any better? If the individual was shorter, sometimes the store employee would bend down to talk to them as if they were a child. Worse still, sometimes the cashier would ignore them completely and only communicate with me.
Something You Don’t See Every Day
Daniel Venegas

This is all too familiar to me. I work as a community integration specialist at a Non profit agency in downstate New York. The way the individuals with disabilities are treated out in the public such as the checkout line in walmart, ordering food at Subway, or just plain walking down the sidewalk. It is unbelievable how much unintended disrespect they get throughout their daily activities.

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