It isn’t right, it isn’t fair, it isn’t necessary. Life should and could be made much easier, and better, and inclusive for many people, adults and children. Greater awareness of the realities is what is key. No, disabled people are not already protected in law, there is still an awfully long way to go before they are.
I have this little boy called Adam.
He is very sweet and very kind.
He is loving and giving,
And scared of many things.
Because life has shown him a harsher side than it shows to most 10 year old children.
He has had many surgeries.
He has known much pain.
He has cried with terror upon waking to find most of his body in plaster.
He has broken bones doing everyday things.
He has had terrifying episodes of sudden illness.
He has struggled to breathe.
He has been stared at and pointed at.
At a theme park, a group of children even snaked their way BACK through the queue to stare some more.
It took him many years to learn to speak.
It took almost 10 years to master sitting.
It took over 10 years to be able to move his legs.
He still can’t stand.
He may not ever.
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