People Who Look Different

Module 10 Video

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A DIFFERENT ISSUE confronts people who may not be limited in their life activities, but who are treated as if they have a disability because of their appearance.

People with facial differences, such as cleft lip or palate, cranio-facial disfigurement, or a skin condition; people who are above or below the average height or weight; people who may display visible effects of medication, such as a tremor.

In short, people who look different have the frequent experience of finding people staring at them, looking away or looking through them as if they are invisible.

Everyone needs to have a positive self-image to be a fully participating member of society. Be sure that you don’t contribute to stigmatizing people who look different.

If the situation is appropriate, strike up a conversation and include the person in whatever is going on.

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