When it comes down to judging others, a lot of us do it. It’s often frowned upon in religion, but to stop yourself from judging you’ve got to understand what’s wrong with it. Being quite spiritual, I’m somebody who tries not to judge people, but in a highly critical material world, I do make quite a few errors from time to time.
I’m not here to stop you judging people every day. But, if people are willing to bring more equality among people with epilepsy and other invisible disabilities, then understanding what truly makes a disability a problem to deal with is something that can speed up the process.
Dealing with Duller Lives
When looking at the duller lives of others, people often judge what they see as a bigger issue when they see it happen a lot. Obviously, if you have a health problem, then you usually become well aware of what it is that’s bothering you. When you learn more about a physical condition that you’re dealing with, it can often hit you pretty hard psychologically.
If you don’t suffer from a health problem, but continue to see somebody else you know doing so, then it’s probably going to affect you too. Physically, you’ll be fine, but seeing something negative happening a lot is something that we always feel forced into thinking about regularly. It’s something that we wish wouldn’t happen.
You might be the brother of a woman who has multiple sclerosis. You might be the colleague of someone who’s healthy enough to work but still has seizures in the workplace. There’s a lot of times in life that people come to clash with the health problems of others, and it starts to affect you too.
What You See Isn’t What They Get
When you frequently see certain health conditions exploiting their issues, you’ll feel more passionate about supporting people who have to live with it. I’d say that’s a fair system that keeps every charity running for a good reason.
But one other point to remember is that you shouldn’t judge health conditions as the worst because you see their issues happening on a regular basis. Regardless of how often their issues occur, it’s important to understand and accept how severe the issue could be for the sufferer.
So many invisible disabilities like diabetes, bipolar disorder, MS and epilepsy can often be neglected when people don’t keep this in mind. The rule of any health condition is to do whatever you can to stop the worst issues from happening. Sometimes this can be achieved, but many sacrifices will often be made to help the disabled person get to that stage.
Once Again, the Government got it Wrong.
Epilepsy charities in the UK have recently been fighting hard to make the UK Government aware of why Personal Independent Payments are not being assessed correctly. Statistics have shown that since PIP’s were put forward in 2016, a lot of people with disabilities have lost out on money previously attained from Disability Living Allowance. As well as that, epilepsy has become the most neglected disability by PIP assessors.
However, at the beginning of November, one fact mentioned earlier was ruled in court that should make PIP’s more accessible for people with epilepsy: It’s not about how likely potential harm is; it’s about how serious it could be.
In serious cases, people with epilepsy are often taken care of by a partner, parent or paid-for carer throughout the day. When they’ve got epilepsy that isn’t well controlled, they obviously can’t drive and need supervision when then need to cook or take a shower. They may also have bad side-effects from their medication. With these sort of problems, a person with epilepsy won’t be able to work either.
Although their seizures might be managed by a parent or partner, time to earn a healthy income is taken away by the sacrifices they have to make.
I’ve come across plenty of true stories from people with epilepsy who have been rejected in these sort of circumstances; it’s ridiculous. Personally, I don’t know how the Conservative Party didn’t see a flaw in this from the start. Just trying to save cash? Sorry for being judgemental, but I find it hard not to hate politics.
Invisible Disabilities and the Importance of Equality
When you know somebody who has an invisible disability, remember to not judge them as lazy or unreliable if they don’t make it to work or social events. Health conditions can be more complicated than you think, and keeping them controlled is always the must-do for every person.
If you don’t know anything about a health condition and find out somebody has it, then it’s certainly best to not judge them at all.
Now that I’ve talked about how invisible disabilities can be neglected, you may be interested in finding out more about what health problems are considered as invisible disabilities, and how some of these disabilities can affect their sufferers and carers behind the scenes. Many websites list them, but you could always take a trip to invisibledisabilities.org.
Learning more about the importance of equality at work can give you more empathy and confidence around people with disabilities and will lead to a healthy workplace for every employee. Equality training can be arranged through not-for-profit organisations like Toucan Diversity. They look to provide equality training to promote the social inclusion of disabled people.
Epilepsy Action stated that it is happy with the advancement they’ve made following the court ruling, but is concerned that they won’t go far enough and that there are questions yet to be answered. It’s urging the Government to do a full review of the PIP process.
Judging by the circumstances, I can confirm that I am, 100%, behind Epilepsy Action.