- Social experiment tested how people react to someone with a disability
- Jordon Milroy, from New Zealand, who has Cerebral Palsy took part
- Often people would ignore him or brush him off when he approached them
- However, some people were kind and went out of their way to help him
- Mr Milroy, 25, said the experiment showed people’s true colours
A social experiment carried out to highlight how people react to those with disabilities has produced some heartbreaking results – and a few good ones.
A man with Cerebral Palsy was recorded for A Current Affair asking people in the street simple questions, or even just trying to get their attention.
Many people flat-out ignore him. Others brush him off. Some avoid him before he even speaks to them. Only when approached by his friend, who does not have a disability, are they suddenly transformed, and become friendly and happy to help.
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The man on the right waved Mr Milroy away before he even had a chance to talk to him
The couple in the foreground of this picture completely ignored Mr Milroy when he approached them
But some do not react the same way. They are kind, helpful and thoughtful. They offer to aid him and give him directions.
Jordon Milroy, 25, from Auckland, New Zealand conducted the experiment with friend Conan Visser, from the special needs charity ICANIWILL in order to show people how hurtful discrimination against those with disabilities is.
Mr Milroy told A Current Affair the way people looked at him and and ignored him made him feel ‘like an alien’.
‘People were really negative and completely just blocked me out like I wasn’t even there,’ he said.
‘They completely ignore me, and that made me feel like I was worth nothing.’
But perhaps what people do not know about Mr Milroy is that he is a recent university graduate, with a bachelor of communication in public relations and is a hero for his achievements, with more than 20,000 followers online.
This person ignored Mr Milroy but was more than happy to aid his friend, who does not have a disability
Mr Milroy said that the behaviour of some of the people he approached made him feel as if he was worth nothing
Mr Visser said people could be shy and uncertain what to do when approached, so backed away.
However, he was still shocked to see the reactions and behaviour that Mr Milroy experienced on a daily basis, he told A Current Affair.
Mr Milroy said people had shown their true colours – particularly one man who waved his hand at him to indicate he would not help.
‘If that man fobbed me off what type of person is he really?’
Mr Milroy (left) and friend Conan Visser, from the special needs charity ICANIWILL
This couple were some of the kind people who went out of their way to help Mr Milroy during his experiment
Some people’s reactions when asked for help, like this couple, were heartwarming compared to some other people’s behaviour
A Current Affair said Mr Milroy experienced similar treatment ‘countless’ times during the experiment.
Mr Visser said ‘for anyone to go through that, that’s quite hurtful and damaging’.
But, in a heartwarming twist, several kind interactions were shown at the end of the experiment, where people went out of their way to help Mr Milroy.
He said people with disabilities and special needs were the same as anyone, and just wanted to be included.
At present, he is on a mission to climb the world’s tallest towers in order to raise awareness about disabilities.
Other efforts to aid those affected by disabilities include public speaking and raising funds for purpose built wheelchairs for rough terrain.
Mr Milroy recently graduated from university with a bachelor of communications in public relations
Mr Milroy said people with disabilities and special needs were the same as anyone, and just wanted to be included
Mr Milroy working out. The 25-year-old with Cerebral Palsy has set himself the goal of climbing the world’s tallest towers
Mr Milroy has been on a mission to climb the world’s tallest towers to raise awareness of disabilities
Mr Milroy is well accustomed to climbing stairs – having ascended thousands of steps so far on his mission to climb the world’s tallest towers