Let’s face it, being disabled sucks. But although there is a lot of shit that comes with a disability there are some perks too. So without further ado, and in no particular order, I present to you the 11 perks of being disabled! (In my opinion)
- Queue Jumping: this is my favourite perk! Being a wheelchair user I usually get to skip the queues at theme parks, concerts or clubs. It’s very handy if there is a mile long queue to be able to go straight to the front. Although I do feel a bit awkward and I try not to make eye contact with the people waiting patiently in the queue as I go by, especially if it is raining.
- Good Parking: Disabled parking spaces are always situated near to the entrance of buildings so are really handy because most disabled people find it difficult to walk or roll long distances. However these parking spaces are sometimes abused by those without a disability, other than being lazy. But I like to give people the benefit of the doubt because disabilities are not always visible.
- Free Carers’ Tickets: When I go to the cinema and music concerts I am entitled to a free carers ticket. Most places will offer this but there are still some places that don’t. It’s only fair that the carers get a free ticket because they wouldn’t be there if I wasn’t disabled, so effectively I am paying extra because of my disability.
- Viewing Platforms: At music concerts or festivals they usually have a raised viewing platform for wheelchair users. This is because otherwise all we would see is the backs of all the people stood in front of us. This platform probably gives us a better view than most people there as we don’t have to compete for space like everyone else. Plus the disabled toilets are usually right next door if we are lucky so we don’t have to travel very far when nature calls.
- Nobody Complains When I Run Them over: if an able-bodied person stood on your foot you would probably be rather aggrieved, and you might expect an apology. However, when I run over people’s feet THEY apologise to ME, even if it was blatantly my fault. People seem to feel guilty if they don’t get out of my way fast enough, which is a good job because running over people’s feet or bumping into them happens quite a lot especially in crowded rooms.
- I Can Easily Get through Airport Security: This generally goes for any type of security. Everybody else gets frisked and has to go through metal detectors, but all I get is a quick pat down and my bag checked. I could be sat on a bomb and they wouldn’t know. [NOTE: I would just like to point out in case GCHQ or the NSA are reading this I am NOT a terrorist and am merely pointing out a flaw in security]
- Free Bus Pass and discounted train tickets: This is definitely a bonus if you regularly use the buses like I did at university. Also we can get one third off rail tickets for ourselves and a carer which always helps.
- Getting to Ride in First Class at No Extra Cost: On trains the wheelchair spaces in first class and standard class. But because there are only two spaces in each I sometimes have to travel in first class if the standard spaces are already filled (it’s a hardship but I make do). To be honest though first-class is not that special, all you get is a bit of extra space and a garden on the window. It’s not really worth paying extra anyway.
- Easier to get tickets for sports and music events: This one comes with a caveat. When trying to get tickets for music or sports events the disabled tickets are often sold separately to the general tickets. So this means that if the general tickets are sold out there may still be some disabled tickets left, so it’s easier to get hold of them if there is a high demand. However, the caveat is to get the tickets we have to phone up a number and often wait for ages (I recently had to wait for an hour on the phone to get tickets for Coldplay) as we can’t order them online like everybody else. Don’t ask me why. I don’t think the ticketing companies know why themselves.
- When some doors close, others open: There are some things which I’ve done which I probably wouldn’t have done if I wasn’t disabled. For example I went sailing on a tall ship for a week which I probably wouldn’t have done if I was able-bodied. There are people that I have met who are now good friends that I wouldn’t have met if I hadn’t become disabled. So even though having a disability sucks sometimes, there are positives if you know where to look.
- I tend to meet interesting people when I go out: When I go clubbing I almost always attract people who want to talk to me or dance with me. I like it when people come up to me because I want to meet people and it often makes the night more interesting, especially if they are drunk which they usually are. I especially like it when girls come up to me and randomly give me a kiss which tends to happen not infrequently!
Can you think of any more perks of being disabled? Let me know in the comments!