I’ve been contemplating how to write this blog for a few days. Instinctively I find myself wheeling on eggshells over this topic when I really shouldn’t. As disabled people we’re expected to answer everyone’s questions with a smile, always be polite even when people are being rude and offensive and we’re expected to never show any sort of anger or resentment. If we do, we’re labeled as ungrateful.
My first Things Abled People Have Said to Disabled People was such a big hit I decided to do it again. So here’s part 2:
I grew up disabled in an abled world. I didn’t have many disabled friends and often times the abled people around me didn’t know how to handle me. I think a lot of people think of the hardest cases of disability when they hear the world “disabled”. I’ve personally seen people’s faces drop when they see me for the first time after hearing about my existence. Usually their mouths would fall open and they would exclaim something like, “But she’s so pretty!” or something similar. Continue reading “Things Abled People Have Said To Disabled People”