Disability Awareness Handout A
Myths, Misconceptions, & Realities
- ___ Wheelchair users are paralyzed and, therefore, are confined to their chairs.
- ___ Deaf people cannot speak.
- ___ People with disabilities live very different lives than non-disabled people.
- ___ Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than employees without disabilities.
- ___ It is important to place persons with disabilities in jobs where they will not fail.
- ___ Disabled people are not more likely to have accidents than other employees.
- ___ Persons who are deaf make ideal employees in noisy work environments.
- ___ Considerable expense is necessary to accommodate workers with disabilities.
- ___ Disabled people need special legal procedures.
- ___ Deaf persons do not appreciate music, theater, movies, etc., because they cannot hear.
- ___ Certain jobs are more suited to persons with disabilities.
- ___ Most people with cerebral palsy are less intelligent than the general population.
- ___ Blind people have exceptional hearing.
- ___ An employer's worker's compensation rates do not rise when he/she hires disabled workers.
- ___ People who have epileptic seizures tend to be violent against themselves or others during a seizure.
- ___ Persons with disabilities are unable to meet performance standards, thus making them a bad employment risk.
- ___ People with Learning Disabilities who can't use proper grammar are not very bright.
- ___ People who use wheelchairs cannot work in a fast-paced, pressured job.
- ___ If a person is having an epileptic seizure you should not place something in his/her mouth to prevent him/her from swallowing his/her tongue.
- ___ Persons with disabilities have problems with transportation.
- ___ Hearing aids correct hearing impairments.
- ___ Disabled people tend to do work of higher quality than non-disabled employees.
- ___ All hearing impaired people can read lips.
- ___ Workers with a disability are a good influence on other workers.
Disability Awareness - Handout A