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Empathy Doesn’t Mean Feeling Sorry for Someone: Tom McCool

October 20, 2020

Being empathetic doesn’t mean feeling sorry for someone, says Thomas McCool, president and chief executive officer of TMC Consulting. Speaking with Nish Parikh, CEO of Rangam, in an online interactive session on Three-Dimensional Empathy in Disability Inclusion, McCool said, “Empathy means walking in a person’s shoes and feeling what he or she feels.” McCool is an active campaigner for special needs employment, particularly those on the autism spectrum. “Empathy allows you to realize what people on the spectrum really need, not guessing what they may need. The ability to listen, understand, and support, are the three most important traits in being empathetic,” McCool stated. The World Health Organization (WHO), in a 2019 survey, reported that one in every 160 children has autism. While some of them can live independently, others need lifelong ... View Post