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    If you prefer you can download the case study from here.

    Concepts and skills introduced
    • Empathy
    • Overcoming prejudice
    • Understanding differences

    Situation & Exercise

    This is a true story of Aslı Dinçman who suffers from cerebral palsy.
    On Thursday, October 11, 2012; together with my mother, Suzan and Sezen, we went to a favorite meatball restaurant in a shopping center for lunch. A smiling young lady waiter, in her 20s, has started to work there. When we sat down at the table, she brought four services for us. But when she was putting a cutlery in front of me, she looked into my mother’s eye saying, ‘She is getting a service, isn’t she? My mother, as usual, said, ‘Asli can eat by forking. I will help those who she can’t get it.’
    When the young lady went to fetch the menu booklets for us to choose what to eat from, I thought she would bring three booklets for sure and I wasn’t mistaken. She put one in front of the others. I came eye to eye with the young girl while my parents were looking at the list. ’May I have a list too? I said. I felt her watching me as I looked at the pages by turning them in my own unique movements. Even on a page I couldn’t turn, she came smiling and helped me. According to my mother, the three ladies at the next table were watching my eating in a state of ecstasy. After a while, when my mother looked at them with a smile, they turned their heads away instead of saying ‘Enjoy your food.‘ I was so busy with my food beatifically, I didn’t even realize them. While eating my dinner, I was disturbed by the fact that there were no Atatürk (The founder of Turkish Republic) photographs on the walls. Before leaving, I wished to convey it to the Management and told the female waiter about this important shortcoming. My mother converted it into understandable form for her from Spastic language. ‘Sure, I will relay.’ she replied.
    Ref: http://blog.milliyet.com.tr/toplumun-engellilerle-ilgili-onyargili-algi-ve-davranis-bicimleri-nasil-asilir-/Blog/?BlogNo=383364

    Now that you have read about this case, make comments on the following questions within the framework of the emotional intelligence skills you have acquired through PeerCare.
    • How would you prefer to behave if you were the waiter?
    • How would you behave if you were her mother or caregiver?
    • How would you behave if you were one of the people sitting on the table next to them?
    • How is the perspective of the waitress towards cerebral palsy?
    • Do you think physical disability is associated with mental disability in the community? How does the given example produce a perception of disability?
    • What is the main problem in this example? As a caregiver, what do you think should be done when such situations occur?

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