“What’s wrong with you?” “How did this happen?”
People in wheelchairs encounter those questions regularly – and want people to know they are not OK to ask.
“I hate when people ask me ‘What happened?'” says Lucy Trieshmann, 26. “That question reduces and objectifies me, as if the only thing interesting about me is why I use a wheelchair.”
More than 61 million adults in the U.S. have a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, 13.7% have a mobility condition that makes walking or taking the stairs difficult.
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