LN – “And what happened to you?”: The question that a young woman receives several times a day


In 2017, Constanza gave a talk TEDx Río de la Plata entitled “Disability. Different power”, where he shared his perspective on disability and inclusion.

María Constanza Orbaiz is 34 years old, is a psychopedagogue and is tired of everyone asking her the same question: “What happened to you?”. Being a fairly broad question, a feeling of confusion always reigns first.
“What are you asking me? What happened to my face, hair, day?”, He thinks, until then he realizes that they refer to his disability. Due to complications during birth, Constance has cerebral palsy. That did not prevent him from studying, working or living alone. However, it turns out to be the first thing others notice about her and she is tired of it.

The young psychopedagogue usually speaks openly about her experiences and tries to change the view of others about disability.
In 2017, he gave a talk TEDx Río de la Plata to thousands of people entitled “Disability. Different power”. The video already has more than 646,438 views on YouTube. Also raise your voice daily from your project
“From within”, which is disseminated via Facebook, whose first objective is to raise issues and provide workshops for school inclusion for therapists, parents and companies.

Another of its communication channels is
Instagram Yesterday, he shared with his more than 4,000 followers a video called “And what happened to you?” There he explains that, although he is used to people asking him that question at the bus stop, when he gets into the taxi and in different public spaces,
He is concerned about the lack of empathy towards people with disabilities.

Among other things, he says that the phrase is annoying for two reasons: on the one hand, because “people with disabilities are not 24 hours a day thinking about that” and on the other, because “feelings are not taken into account of the person”.
Coni says that while she doesn't mind explaining what happened to her, others may react badly or feel hurt. “I don't want to educate anyone but I think it's for reflection. What happened to me? Many things happen to me, gentlemen. Use the frontal lobe, which is part of the inhibition, and inhibit a little when you see someone with disabilities. No it adds to them nothing to know what happened to him, focus on the person and not on the story, “he concludes.

What happened to me? Many things happen to me, gentlemen.

Constance Orbaiz

“And what happened to you?”, The question that torments Constance and thousands of people with disabilities every day.


The situation that Constanza narrates in the video is the same that thousands of people with disabilities live every day.
According to the latest Indec data, 10.2% of the Argentine population has some type of disability, equivalent to approximately 3.5 million people. Of these, only 33.4% have a valid disability certificate, 32.2% work and 27.6% are young people aged 15 to 39 who attend an educational establishment. The others are invisible and excluded from the system.

In addition, according to the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (Inadi) people with disabilities are the most discriminated.
The last report of the national agency establishes that 18% of the complaints they received correspond to disability.

10.2% of the Argentine population has some type of disability. And according to the Inadi, they are the most discriminated.


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