Rubbish name - good campaign.
It is Parkinson’s awareness week (on my radar because my husband’s late father suffered terribly with it and both he and his mother have done a lot of fund raising for it in the past)
News item today was about the effect that people’s ignorant responses to people with neurological issues can affect their confidence, causing them to become (more) depressed to the point of self neglect. Experts were talking about how things like being laughed and pointed at in the street because of unsteady gait and irritation with somebody who has difficulty making themselves understood or even aggression towards someone in front of them in the queue who is not quick enough can cause complete loss of confidence to the point where some Parkinson’s sufferers would rather go without food rather than face going to their local shop.
As the experts pointed out, this doesn’t just apply to Parkinson’s but to other neurological conditions - like MS - that have similar symptoms. The PS has started a campaign called “Up Your Nice” asking people to think before they react in such a way when they are “irritated”
I have to say that my experience with people has - generally - been positive and some simple acts of consideration by people and really appreciated (like the checkout operators at my Sainsburys local and Tesco Metro putting my shopping in my carrier bag for me rather than expecting me to juggle crutches, bag, shopping, cards and money.) Nothing condescending or “holier than thou” in their attitudes just simple good manners and common sense.
However, there have been ocassions when people have been appalling. I have been laughed at in the street because of the way that I was walking and some people are very inconsiderate as they barge down the pavement expecting someone using 2 crutches to walk very slowly to be able to jump out of their way like a gazelle. (Don’t want to start a bunfight here but mothers with buggies - the World does not revolve around you!)
I don’t expect to be wrapped in cotton wool all my life but a little thought and GOOD MANNERS would be nice from all sides.