Disability Quiz

Can you pass?

Question 1

When I hear someone being corrected for not using person-first language (i.e., “a person with autism,” “a person with a mobility impairment,” “a person who is blind,”) I:

  • nod in agreement, knowing that person-first language is a sign that somebody "gets it"

  • blush for the person being reprimanded, wonder how many other ways I’m blowing it and decide that it’s better to keep quiet rather than try and possibly get it wrong

  • think, “wow, this is complicated! I wonder if in a future world when disability is less stigmatized, we’ll have come up with better terms?”

  • know that it’s important to minimize the disability because it’s nothing to be proud of

Question 2

I believe the recipient of the compliment, “I never think of you as disabled,” should be:

  • flattered

  • curious about where the statement comes from

  • grateful

  • sharing the compliment with the media

Question 3

I believe finding a cure for disability is:

  • an impossible pursuit because it assumes that everyone agrees on what it means to cure a disability or even what a disability is in the first place

  • a sign of just how far science and medicine have come

  • a worthy use of resources, even though the goal seems hard to reach

  • right around the corner

Question 4

By engaging in simulation exercises such as being led around blind-folded or traveling in a wheelchair for an hour I would:

  • be learning about having a disability first-hand, thereby expanding my sense of compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than me

  • be secretly grateful that I don’t have a disability

  • be fully prepared to face disability if something terrible happened to me

  • be glossing over bigger problems that disabled people face such as prejudice, limited resources, and Kafkaesque bureaucracies

Question 5

When I meet someone I don't know in a wheelchair, I:

  • try to break the ice by causually asking what happened

  • address whomever standing near them so as not to make the person in the wheelchair uncomfortable by looking down or staring at their wheelchair

  • try to find somewhere to sit nearby so that we can chat

  • ask if they'll take me for a ride

Question 6

When I'm conversing with a Deaf person through an interpreter, I:

  • look at the interpreter because it's rude to ignore someone who is talking to me

  • look at the Deaf person while the interpreter is talking

  • share that I still remember how to sign "I love you" from elementary school

  • all of the above

Question 7

When I think of mental illness such as bipolar or depression, I:

  • realize it's important, but since I don't know anyone personally, it's an abstract problem that I only think about from tragedies on the news

  • wish our society was more open about these issues and dedicated more time, more resources, and more frank comversations to them

  • hope they put in more rigorous background checks to ensure none of these people are in positions of influence or own guns

  • none of the above

Question 8

Most blind people:

  • live in total darkness having been born that way

  • are great at giving massages because of their heightened sense of touch

  • have been completely shut out from mainstream technology

  • are complicated just like everybody else

Question 9

Autistic people:

  • are part of naturally occuring neurodiversity, an emerging concept that requires more nuanced public conversations

  • are primarily white males whom display an interest in mathematics, computers, and science

  • are the victims of a rogue vaccine

  • realistically, should probably live in institutions

Question 10

Invisible disabilities are:

  • not 'real' disabilities because they don't provoke the same overt prejudice as visible ones do

  • define a segment of people with disabilities that need to be more fully integrated into the disability community

  • a phase that most people eventually pass through and go on to lead healthy, productive lives

  • invented by fakers who can afford to pay for disability diagnosises to get extra time on exams in post-secodary institutions

Question 11

The best non-disabled ally for disabled rights, is someone whom:

  • quickly sizes up situations to anticipate what the disabled might need without having to ask any questions

  • knows they must talk loudly and slowly to be understood

  • makes sure that their voice is heard because no one listens to disabled people anyways

  • reflects on the privileges they hold while joining the struggle, all while taking the lead from people with disabilities