Ignorance may be bliss elsewhere, but about concussions, it’s dangerous

There has been a lot of talk about concussions, including the movie with Will Smith, but for the life of me I still am stunned/amazed/shocked at the number of times that I see or hear people who have no idea how prevalent it is, or pretty much anything about them.

In today’s Ottawa Citizen there’s a story about it, and the first paragraph says it:

OTTAWA — Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.

Please read this article, learn about it, and be part of the small percentage of people who know about the injury.


In/visible Disability – does it matter?

I’m disabled, of that there’s no doubt, because of my physical disability.  With the vast numbers of Acquired Brain Injuries out there, the fact that I’m visibly-disabled has its advantages.

I know people whose injuries are pretty much completely invisible.   While they may qualify for a parking pass, because as a result of their injury, they might forget where they’d parked, but if they’re alone, there’s no way that they’d use it.  If someone were to see them get out of their car, alone, when they’re parked in a disabled spot, chances are they’d get called names, and yelled at.  There’s nowhere, at any time, that anyone would say anything to me.  I drop something, and within a few seconds, someone will offer to get it.  I was in Wal-Mart recently, scooted to a long line, and the person in front asked me if I’d like to go ahead of them.  Granted if I did, it would be bad of me to take unfair advantage of them, but they offered.

If someone does something that you think wrong, or something like using a disability-spot, don’t get mad.  Ask them why they’re there.  If they have a reason, then say that you “see” their invisible disability.  If they don’t, then ask them to move.