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1)Blind people live in total darkness – False

A lot of people don't realize that few people registered blind can see nothing at all. And how much someone can see will vary from person to person. A minority of people can distinguish light but nothing else. Some people have no central vision, others have no side vision. Some people see everything as a vague blur, others see a patchwork of blanks and defined areas.

2)When someone is reading your lips you should exaggerate sounds - False

If a person chooses to read your lips then you should speak normally and clearly, face the light and keep your hands away from your face. Don't exaggerate sounds - this will distort your lips and make things even worse!

3)It is okay to feed/stroke a guide dog – False

NEVER make a fuss of or feed a guide dog - he / she is working and should not be distracted. If you can't resist then ask the owner's permission first.

4)Cerebral Palsy is associated with damage to the brain - True

Cerebral Palsy is a result of injury to the largest part of the brain, the cerebrum. It is characterized by impaired muscular function.
And can be caused by:

  • Infection in the early part of pregnancy
  • Oxygen starvation to the brain
  • Difficult or premature birth
  • A cerebral (brain) bleed
  • Premature or multiple birth
  • Abnormal brain development
  • A genetic link (though this is quite rare)

5)People who use wheelchairs are unable to stand – False

Wheelchair users may have conditions such as chronic fatigue, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy which will result in extreme fatigue.

6)You should not finish sentences for people who are struggling with their speech - True

Never finish a sentence for someone who is struggling with their speech - be patient and wait for them to finish.
Try not to panic when communicating with a person who has impaired speech. If you feel nervous, don't let it show. If you are having problems understanding the person, say so - don't pretend you understand if you don't as this will inevitably create problems later on! Simply apologize and
ask if they wouldn't mind writing down what it is they want to say.

7)A white cane with red stripes indicates that a person has impaired hearing as well as sight - True

8)Being disabled is not the same as being ill - True

9)A person with dyslexia is generally less intelligent than a person who does not have dyslexia - False

Stress, workload and anxiety can all aggravate the symptoms of dyslexia. People with dyslexia tend to think originally and creatively - they are often highly skilled in areas such as architecture, engineering, art and design.

10)Blind people with guide dogs rely on their dogs to know where they are going - False

11)You can tell if a person is disabled just by looking at them - False

No there are a lot of unseen conditions. You won’t know if someone has dyslexia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or that they are deaf when you meet them.

12)It is okay to look uncomfortable when dealing with a disabled person if that is how you feel – False

  • Don’t shout at people who are hard of hearing, or slow down.
  • Don’t assume that a blind person can’t see you.
  • Get down to someones level if you can when talking to someone in a wheelchair but don’t grab their chair or get into their personnel space.
  • Don’t pretend to understand what has been said.
  • Be natural and yourself don’t be afraid to say see you later, or lets jump on the bus, or I look forward to hearing from you. Don’t pretend……
  • ALWAYS be patient and courteous - NEVER judge or make assumptions.

13) It is okay to use words like 'run' and 'jump' in front of wheelchair users - True

Don't feel embarrassed to use words like 'run', 'walk', 'jump' or 'dance' in front of a person who uses a wheelchair - use your everyday language.