For your child when did they come to realize they were perceived as different? For me, I think I first came to know I was different really was when I first entered the mainstream school setting. Don’t get me wrong,
Kids are blunt
Kids have no qualms about saying what’s on their minds: “kids say the darn’st things” comes to mind. I wish adults were as free in terms of self censorship. Well, at in terms of disability or difference. What is the fear of tactfully gaining knowledge?
If you handle your questions with a manner that allows the person the ability to decide if they feel comfortable answering you. I and most folk I know wouldn’t have a problem if you approached and said I hope you don’t mind but I am carious about your disability. Could you share whatever you feel comfortable with in terms of how your disability impacts you.
That approach I am more apt to be receptive to then those who try to mask their discomfort by giving me these weird sideways glances and being silent it actually makes me wonder if I have left the house with a stain on my shirt or something.
The annoying thing about disability
I don’t know if I simply don’t look my age or if disability plays a part. I, some time ago, went to purchase a crossword lottery ticket the cashier decided that it would be a brilliant idea to address the attendant that happened to be with me, and wouldn’t even make eye contact with me. she wanted to know if I was of age to purchase the ticket? In the moment I wish that that attendant had had her wits about her enough to say well why you don’t ask her! Which I would hope would have forced that middle-aged cashier to at the very least make eye contact with me but alas her discomfort was visible and in part I wish to break those walls down for the able bodied world within in this blog, I haven’t got the first idea as to how though?
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