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The Subtle Art of Conversing With People Who Have Disabilities – Friedreich’s Ataxia News

Tuesday, 20 September, 2022

The Subtle Art of Conversing With People Who Have Disabilities – Friedreich’s Ataxia News

I share my journey with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) openly, and I know that my sharing, coupled with my highly visible walker, puts a spotlight on my disability. However, I’ve had some acquaintances who immediately approach me and bring up my disability every time our paths cross — regardless of whether I’m happily making small talk with someone else or interacting with my children.

I appreciate how much love, support, and empathy my openness generates for me and the FA community, but having a visible disability isn’t an open invitation for relative strangers to constantly start deep discussions about my health. While I believe these people mean well, our interactions tend to put a dark cloud over my day.

Read more at: https://friedreichsataxianews.com/columns/subtle-art-conversing-people-disabilities-how-talk-about-disability/

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