Do Not Treat Us Differently Because We Have Disabilities

Do Not Treat Us Differently Because We Have Disabilities

Hi it is Isabella again! My sister Taylor and I were talking about things we want people to know about kids with disabilities and how we want to be treated.

Please do not stare at us because we are different. As a kid, it makes us very uncomfortable and scared when grown ups stare. We do not know if they are staring because they do not know how to act better or if they are bad people. If you are scaring kids for no reason, you are a bad person. We are normal kids with a disability. We are not here to watch like a TV show for entertainment.

We can hear and understand when others say mean and rude things. Stop it unless you want it thrown back at you. I may act differently but I can explain in several languages exactly what we think of those comments. Yes my sister has a hole in her throat to breathe and does not speak with her mouth. She is still beautiful and very smart. I know you are mad that you are ugly inside but do not take it out on us. If you act like a jerk then I will treat you like a jerk. It will not be the first time I’ve made an adult cry by speaking my mind and unfortunately it won’t be the last either. 

Do not speak to us like we are babies because you think that a kid with a disability has a mind that does not work. Our minds work perfectly fine and if we are spoken to like toddlers I will use very adult language to correct that level of ignorance. I know how to use those words better than most so don’t try me.

Do not ask my parents questions about my autism or about my sister’s throat while we are standing there. It is rude and we can speak for ourselves. I will look at your husband and ask why your wife is so stupid if I am treated like I do not exist. We are people and that will be respected or I will disrespect every bit as hard to make it understood that we do not have a problem. We have a medical condition. You have a problem. Your parents did not raise you right.

Do not tell us that you feel sorry for us. Feel sorry for kids who have no home or parents to love them. Feel sorry for kids who do not have enough to eat. Why would anyone feel sorry for me? Because I am “retarded”? Tell that to my Presidential awards and to the colleges looking at me for early acceptance. Don’t feel sorry for my sister because she uses sign language and you do not understand. Why feel sorry for her being smart enough to know another language? That makes NO sense. I bet you can understand the universal middle finger she will give for putting her down. My parents did not raise idiots. My parents teach us the ignorance of others and how to counter it.

Treat us like every other kid our age because that is what we are. We are not freak shows. We have different levels of abilities to communicate and do things for ourselves but we understand and we have feelings too. Respect our feelings or you might end up looking as stupid as you act.

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