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Amazing post of the day award

goes to this one. Extremely disturbing, but an amazing post nonetheless. In it, a mom discusses her two sons and the ableist treatment they get from people around them.

It begins with a litany of descriptions of the ridiculously cruel treatment her sons get:

Most recently, a year or so ago, I took the kid to the pharmacy on the way home from the doctor's office, because I couldn't leave him in the car alone, and sat him near the back where the chairs were while we were waiting for his prescription, and went to hunt out some Advil.

When I headed back, I heard voices.

"Are you a stupid fucktard? You're a stupid fucktard, aren't you?"

Little Guy said, Please don't call me that. My name is xxxxxx.
...and ends with her struggles as a parent to figure out how best to deal with it:

Of course, there are plenty of incidences that I never heard of that the guys have dealt with on their own, and while trying to think of a post to write about disabilism today, it stood up and slapped me upside the head.

They're young men now. If I've taught them anything, I've taught them how to advocate for themselves.

As a parent, how do I train myself to stop reacting to real or imagined ignorant slights and insults and bugaboos in every situation?

Because if I don't, I think in my own way, I'm promoting their disablism.

How do I learn when to let it go?
I don't have any answers or even profound thoughts, but I think everyone should go read the post.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 2nd, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
wow, thanks for that...

I didn't realise about the blog for disability thing, I am at present trying to come to terms with mine without feeling sorry for myself.
May. 3rd, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
wow. powerful.
May. 7th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
Yep, Attila's post is the one, of those I've read so far, that I can't stop thinking about.
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