Artificial or attitude? – what do you think?

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For this week I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and today Donna J. Jodhan focuses on artificial versus attitude.

This is very interesting reading and I invite you now to read on.

Happy end of January!


Artificial or attitude?

By Donna J. Jodhan

I am still trying to figure this one out and I have to admit that I may never be able to do so.  This so-called artificial/attitude barrier has been around much longer than I and this is what it is.

Too often, whenever someone with a disability is accompanied by either a friend or family member,  they are asked if the accompanying person is a care giver.    Recently, I was asked this same question when my friend accompanied me to a lab to have some tests done.  The lab technician could not seem to stop herself in asking this question and she was very surprised when both my friend and I said in unison that we were friends.

Why should she have been surprised?  Was it that she along with so many others around us really do not expect us to have friends who accompany us to appointments?  Or is it that they think we need care givers to escort us?  Or is it simply that they just do not know what to ask?

I do my best to be patient but sometimes I become frustrated and simply tell them that I do not need a care giver.  Or I may just turn the question back to them and ask why do they think that my escort is my care giver?  99% of the time there is no response.

One of my favourite memories is the day when my mom accompanied me to a pre op appointment and the medical assistant asked if mom was my nurse!  On this occasion I could not help but burst into peals of laughter.  My mom was speechless!  After taking a-hold of myself I gently told the medical assistant that she was my mom; not my nurse.

Just my two cents for today.


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