[SERIOUS]: People with visible disabilities, what is the best way for parents/adults to respond to young children who ask questions or state their observations when seeing you?

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I’m in a wheelchair, wear leg brace, and have a service dog. Kids ask questions all the time. I honestly answer them in a way that I hope they will understand. Questions don’t bother me. Kids are curious.

chaseshifox

Just let them ask. They can’t be educated about things if you don’t let them ask questions. Sometimes it does sting when people notice because sometimes I forget that I’m disabled, but it’s 1000 % preferable to just being stared at.

worldismeh

I volonteer with wounded vets. A small form of the truth is usually the best since it cuts the awkwardness and tension.

Aj1218

The truth. I’m a wheelchair user with visible limb deformities… 99% of the time it’s just toddlers/babies staring in confusion. I remember one baby in a chest carrier with the most hilarious ‘WTF?’ expression on it’s face. If your kid asks questions to you, be honest and truthful. I’ve not yet had a kid ask me directly, but if it’s a genuine curiosity question and I have the time. More than happy to answer a couple of questions.

SDLRob

What kind of questions? I have a guide dog so a lot of times I get questions about why they can’t pet her when she’s working and that leads into an explanation of my guide dogs job and how I don’t see well. I once went to a Air Force museum that had planes from different eras and my tour guide let me feel the plane from the nose to the tale so I could “see” how long the plane is. I heard a kid ask his mom why I got to touch things and he couldn’t. The mom gave what in my opinion was the best answer I’ve ever heard which was that I’m blind and I see things with my hands and not my eyes. Everyone is different but for me personally I encourage questions. Are there some I don’t answer yes but I do my best to be honest in age appropriateness.

blindgirlandherguide