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Concepts and skills introduced
• 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.
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?February 28, 2020 at 11:08 am #1099
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