Experiencing disability: Editor’s note

2000px-MUTCD_D9-6.svg_.pngAll of us have probably seen people with crutches or on wheelchairs. Personally, I’ve been on crutches for over two months while I wait for surgery due to a broken hip, here’s my experience.

I’m proud to say that people in GGU have been more than supportive by constantly asking about how am I doing and also been very helpful while entering the elevator, classrooms or just walking around campus. This applies not only to my peers but also to staff members and visitors. THANK YOU ALL!

Although, all experiences haven’t been as great. Last Saturday I went to the California Academy of Science (where they offer free wheelchairs to those who need it! and of


course I took one) and been Saturday morning it was very crowded and the crow was not as helpful to those people pushing strollers while taking care of their children, nor they were as supportive to others on wheelchairs or crutches. The honeypot of this post lies in this story.

It was already 1pm and everybody was hungry. Children screaming, parents trying to find a place to seat, most people just wanted to get over with the lunch. I had my burger sitting on my lap while rolling towards the cashier when suddenly this lady walked across my path, once I realized she didn’t stop I had to grab each wheel trying to stop as fast as possible and prevent running over this person. Physics are simple here, I stopped and my plate flew away. In an unsuccessful attempt to save the burger and the fries, I closed my legs quickly. I cried out in pain from the movement. The unaware lady then looked at me with most of the fries on the floor, with the burger between my legs and with a face showing clear pain, and kept walking as if nothing happened. People around looked at me as if no one could save me, but the truth was I just needed a hand to help me turn the plate and save what’s left of my lunch. No one came.

This might sound very dramatic over a burger and some fries, but what’s interesting is the way we as humans are behaving. When looking at people having trouble we are just staring and few are actually doing something to help. It’s not necessary to buy food for the homeless to eradicate the situation but helping to turn the plate. Recognizing when others are in trouble and need a push its human.

What do we want to achieve with this post? First, congratulate those silent heroes that help others with small gestures. Second, to bring awareness and invite all of you to step out of the bubble and look around. And Last, to comply with our responsibility as citizens of the world to impact positively our environment by turning one plate each time we can.







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