As a person with epilepsy, I often get told to hide my disease. I get told to make sure that I do not tell my employers or that other people do not know; unless they truly have to. Well, if I spend all of my time hiding my disease from everyone, why should I be expected to disclose it to random strangers on public transit?
Evidently, this logic does not make sense. I believe that the whole purpose of this initiative was to showcase invisible illnesses; however, people will still never be able to understand what they cannot see. This means that regardless of whether or not a person is wearing a button, people will still not give up seats because they cannot see that anything is physically wrong with the person.
I truly do not think that having a button is required as it simply sets disabled people aside from abled bodies. This makes it easier for people without a disability to pick on others and victimize those with one. The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance feels that this is a great idea; however, most people are not comfortable sharing their diagnosis with others. This button is a very blunt way of sharing their disease with everyone, which is really unnecessary.
I believe that we should be taking the initiative to educate the public about invisible illnesses and to give up priority seating to anyone who requires it, even if they may not look like it. Education is more important than taking the easy route, which in this case, makes it harder for the people who already have a hard time living with these conditions on a daily basis.
What are your thoughts? Talk to you next week!