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I'm making a list and checking it twice!

Updated: Sep 9, 2022


I would like to share a list of things that especially annoy me. My list sheds light in a humorous way on some of the pitfalls of society and how they have maintained the prejudice and stigma of disability. Over the next few weeks, I will introduce you to my list in more detail but for now, here it is:


  1. I'm Not Sick! I am super cool!

  2. I am not a Dog and Don’t need a treat!

  3. Thanks but no thanks for the Stickers!

  4. I am not a fire hazard!

  5. Yes, I expect to go inside!

  6. Pets are allowed but what about me?

  7. You are not going to be a minute!

  8. Talk to me, I am not a tree!

  9. I understand, you are one of those service providers!

  10. I appreciate your prayers, but not your pity!


I am often misjudged because I am in a wheelchair and I hunch myself forward and look as though I am not paying attention. This is far from the truth. I hear every word, even those words that are whispered and not for me to hear. My mom would tell me that she had to go outside in the car with the windows rolled up just to have a private conversation.


I have many layers and people often give me a curious look. Sometimes I wonder, do they see me as I see myself? A fun-loving, adventurous, life-of-the-party young woman who happens to be in a wheelchair.

Pictures show me living my best life with family and friends. From being silly wearing hats to drinking a fancy milkshake. From meeting celebrity comedians to just being silly.



People don’t try to get to know me, they can’t get past the chair. But for those that do know me, they forget all about the chair. In doing so they help me forget about the chair. I hope people get to know me for who I am not what I have. To see me as I do through my blind eyes.


PSA


Did you know July was Disability Pride Month? What no sales, no special ice cream, no apologies needed. In case you missed it mark your calendars for next year. Disability Pride is about acceptance not only of yourself but of others too. On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). This civil rights act was to ensure that all disabled people are guaranteed equality, and are free of discrimination. The law was intended to ensure that the disabled have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.


Background is the Disability Pride Flag (charcoal black with a lighting bolt of parallel colors, green, red, white, yellow and blue).  a quote is overlaid top of the flag that says, "Disability pride" has been defined as accepting and honoring each person's uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity.
Damian Mellifont. Hold your traditional discourses!

Pride can be displayed in many ways. Pride brings us together with a common community by uniting us to make changes to include everyone. To treat all people with respect and kindness. The common community begins here to correct the misconceptions, making the first step toward acceptance. Disability Pride allows you not to be ashamed of who you are, to be seen, accepted, and part of the community. Disability Pride shows the diversity and inclusion of various people from all walks of life.



Thank you for reading until the end!


This is the view from my wheelchair, where miracles can make a difference. Always Strive for the Impossible. Come back next week to see what is on my mind and hear more about my experiences and The View From My Wheelchair.





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