Thursday, July 17, 2014

Not All Disabilities are Immediately Visible

I’ll never forget the night my family went out to eat at a local restaurant that we’d frequented previously. There was a line and a bit of a wait for a table, so my parents chose to wait with me, my sister and my brothers in the vehicle, knowing that with my crutches, it was hard for me to stand in line. We’d been waiting for a few minutes, the sticker clearly visible, when a woman came up and started screaming at my parents. How dare they take up a spot when they didn’t need it? It went on and on. My parents yelled back, asking the woman, “Do you want to see my daughter’s crutches?” I was fourteen, and so embarrassed. I’ve never forgotten that.

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