In your place of business, educational institution, or public service area, you will have to make certain accommodations for the “normal” (“Temporarily Able-Bodied”) patrons. (Please note that within Normal culture, it is considered appropriate to refer to them as “normal people” rather than as “people with normality”.) Normal people will usually succeed in schooling, and will apply for jobs that they can do, presuming that they are given accommodations. These needs are diverse, and such accommodations include, but are not limited to, the following items:
Normal people don’t go around in wheelchairs, so they need to have chairs made available for them everywhere.*
Normal people need to see what they’re doing, so they need to have lighting made available to them everywhere. This includes locations with very limited routes and signage, such as stairwells. It also includes bedrooms, even though most of the time spent there is when the person is asleep.
Normal people need caffeine to help them compensate for their hypoactivity, so they should be supplied with coffee, tea, cola or other culturally-equivalent beverages at work. Likewise, normal people have a low need or tolerance level for fidgeting or pacing. This is typical, and although some interest in doing such may be observed, their ability to sustain such for extended lengths of time is impaired.
Normal people associate loud noise with having fun, and will desire background music in a variety of places, such as waiting rooms, social areas, work stations, and eating areas, even though the background music interferes with verbal forms of communication. Most normal people do not sign, so their speaking volume will also increase the ambient noise levels. Although mainstreaming of normal people is considered to be good educational practice, their noise levels can aggravate those with hyperacussis or migraines, so your normal students may need special resource rooms where they can participate in adaptive mealtime programmes.
Normal people are likely to engage in such stereotypies as long bouts of eye contact, and chit-chatting about famous people or nothing much in particular. Their communication gestures are often not true signs or signifiers, but rather false tics that are socially learned responses, and are considered by some researchers to be a form of “social stimming”. These activities are harmless, although they may need to be reminded not to disturb others, especially in work environments.
Secondary and tertiary normal students have unusual deficits of ability to monologue about topics in extended detail, and will need supplementary tutoring and practice to reach adequate achievement levels.
Normal people are extroverts who need structured social activities to fill their free time, because they don’t become self-absorbed in their special interests. They will also associate “being alone” with “being lonely”, and given a living or working space with six rooms, all six normal people will frequently be found clustered together in the same room.
Normal people have a readily-recognised phenotype, and are remarkably consistent in their features and physical makeup (e.g. overall bilateral symmetry, regular walking gait). Due to their pronounced socialisation needs, they will exhibit strong tendencies for “following fads” and “team identification”, and will often be seen wearing clothing of great uniformity. Despite this, they frequently have savant skills for facial recognition (“hyperprosopony”), and will be able to identify and name literally hundreds of their peers.
Note that this special population not only has special needs that must be accommodated, but they are also a vociferous and sometimes petulant lot if those special needs are not met. Your legal adviser or Human Resources coördinator can consult with you about compliance issues and the ADA, DDA, or other local laws concerning accessibility and discrimination.
(This is a spin-off from another post, “Mitigating measures”.)
* I owe a big Thanks to Amanda for inspiration with her great post, “The staggering costs of the chair- and dark-impaired.”
For more fun, check out this video, “Goodbye to the Normals”. (Sorry, it’s not captioned, a long-standing complaint about YouTube vids in general.)