Often when we think of or hear the word ‘discrimination‘ we think of gender-discrimination and colour- or race-discrimination. Too often we forget that lots of other people are pushed aside or forgotten. In Belgium handicapped people seem to be a rarity when you look around you. They have not many opportunities to go out on the streets or do not to be so welcome in public spaces. Have you seen many people without legs or arms in a swimming pool. I remember the first reaction when my brother in the 1980ies went swimming after he had his legs amputated because of bone cancer. He dared to go out public places, though many looked askance.
I think lots of people in wheelchairs can become annoyed that they cannot cross easily the streets because the pavements or not adapted for wheelchairs, or because of too high steps they cannot enter a shop or restaurant.
Those who look normal from the outside, but have some mental problems, do have to face misunderstanding or no understanding at all as well. They too are often not liked to be in public and have to face the discrimination for unjust reasons, because they too can do certain works as perfect as any body else.
Together we should act and react, demanding respect for all human beings, whatever difference they may have.