Many Britons feel uncomfortable around disabled people: Let’s End the Awkward

Interesting article. Here’s a thought. Why is it that people have no problem going up to a pregnant woman they don’t even know and ooh and aah about the forthcoming baby and sometimes go as fas as to pat her on the stomach yet those same people would cross the street to avoid someone in a wheelchair?

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Alex Brooker, centre, and Julie Fernandez, right, in one of the new End the Awkward adverts (Picture: Scope) Alex Brooker, centre, and Julie Fernandez, right, in one of the new End the Awkward adverts (Picture: Scope)

In Britain, we’re used to feeling awkward around each other. It’s practically a national sport. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do something about it.

The awkwardness of others is something most disabled people have to put up with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, talking to a wheelchair user still has the capacity to bamboozle those who aren’t in one, turning them into nervy wrecks who are so scared of not doing the wrong thing that this is precisely what happens.

This scenario is just one of the examples in a new TV advertising campaign launched today by British disability charity Scope. In the advert, one of three in the charity’s End the Awkward campaign, a wheelchair user played by British actress Julie Fernandez, known for her roles in…

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