The Second Sentence


While many disabled people are very good at saying they are disabled or they have a specific medical condition. I feel this is no longer enough information to warrant a meaningful response. In an era where the definitions of disability has been pushed to their limits, having or claiming to have a specific label can not and should not be taken as an automatic right to specific services or benefit.


Any label is meaningless if it is not put in context of the situation of that moment. Having a specific condition may result in personal difficulties but what is the reason of telling others but to exsert a level of understanding. And for this to happen a second sentence is needed which explains what is relevant to the situation needed.


So if people have a heart condition which means they can not stand up too long and so can not queue at a bank or theme park without kneeling over, they need to polite inform any staff managing the queue with the second sentence that has the issue and what is needed.

Until this point, someone with an hidden impairment who has not informed someone else of their needs has no automatically right to expect specific treatment other than general adaptations which benefits a large group, like lifts. If the member of staff than refuses to make reasonable adaptation to policy or procedure to accommodate the highlighted need, then discrimination has occured.


I am fed up of hearing how people they are disabled they deserve this or that. Until I hear a second sentence and a explanation of what and why individuals need, I can not judge whether they are being reasonable or not. If someone is supposely unable to work, what exactly can they not do? and what do they need to be able to work?

I feel having confidence in saying the second sentence empowers disabled people to better accept who they are and by understanding where their weaknesses end, they can see where their strengths begin!

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