I'm interested in finding out opinions/experiences from others about how the public reacts to you because of your disability and how you feel and react. My experiences over the years have been interesting and sometimes frustrating too. The reactions that I get from kids has been curiosity and I usually find it cute, (at least now as an adult ,not so much when I was a kid!) They will quite often come up to me and ask why I walk the way I do or yes, sometimes they will stare but I know it is innocence on there part. What bothers me sometimes is when I hear kids asking their parents and the parent will shush them and pull them by the arm and rush away as though I am not human or something! when all the child wants to know is why I am the way I am. I now will sometimes tell the parent that it is ok for them to ask and I'll take a moment and talk to them. Adults though I have had more frustrating moments. I sometimes feel invisible I have had experiences where people will push their way infront of me as if I am not there, or ask a friend or family member what I'd like or if I need help as if I am not able to talk! I think there still needs to be a lot more educating done. We've come a long way but there's still a ways to go! I've done a few speeches over the years mostly to elemenatry and highschool kids to give them info and the chance to ask questions that they might not otherwise ask. I have a lot more I could say but I think I'll stop for now. Any opinions or stories to share out there??
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