Five Things Disabled People Hate Happening Within The Work Place
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Five Things Disabled People Hate Happening Within The Work Place

If you are disabled or are in a wheelchair and have a job, then you may have encountered scenarios which made you feel a bit disappointed but also baffled. Just like in everyday life, disabled people also come up against the elements, and fight just as hard to be heard and seen.

It is hard to find a job as a disabled person, especially so if you are confined to a wheelchair. This is so because in many cases there is an unspoken element of discrimination against them, and workplaces are sometimes not accessible to the disabled.

So, by the time you land yourself that job you have wanted for so long and fought so hard to get, it is disappointing and infuriating when you realize that the problems do not stop there. Thus, we have compiled five examples of things wheelchairs users might probably hate within the place of work.

Just remember that these points are subjective and what be of annoyance to you might not be the same for someone else.

Employers Assuming That You Will Take Tons Of Sick Leave

This point is often the one preventing a disabled person to get employment in the first place. Employees tend to think that a disabled person will need a lot of medical care, which will force them to request a ton of sick leave. Do not judge and do not assume. To think in this way is seen as discriminatory.

An Inappropriate Desk Height

Being a disabled person with an office job working at a desk can be very frustrating if you come to work and realize that your desk is at an inappropriate height, making it almost impossible or very uncomfortable to work. Working in this way can make simple tasks tedious and tiring. This can easily be avoided as there are many adjustable desks out there.

Cluttered Walkways

It can be very irritating working in a workplace where staff members leave things lying around, especially if the walkways are narrow. Cluttered walkways can obstruct a wheelchair especially when there is danger or a fire. Cluttered walkways can also obstruct a wheelchair in everyday workplace tasks whether job related or personal, such as getting to the toilet. Pathways must be kept clear in the workplace for the flow movement for disabled people.

Crouching Staff Members

In the disabled community it is widely known that crouching down to speak to someone in a wheelchair is not the right way to do things. It is an annoyance for wheelchair users when someone does this to them, especially within a professional setting. Most people in a wheelchair regard this as patronizing.

People Treating You As If You Are Incapable

People can easily assume that the disabled cannot handle big workloads. At times, the thought is that they do not want to burden a disabled person with a big workload, which in most cases is backed with a good motive.

However, people should not assume that the disabled want a lesser workload just because they have a disability or are in a wheelchair. In fact they would want to be treated just like everybody else in a work environment.