- fear of the disability being contagious
- fear of the unpredictable nature of the social interactions
- fear that the person with disability might strike out in some violent fashion, particularly toward one's children
- fear of being left alone with the disabled person and "not knowing what to do"
- fear of the entire notion of having a disabled child
Others might also be imagined. Each of these fears are irrational in their own way, yet we allow them to persist and allow them to guide our interactions with persons with disability. The best way to dispell such fears is through direct interactions with persons with disability. Hopefully, familiarity will breed acceptance.