i believe everyone’s an equal, even if they have a disability

Ashley - Snohomish, Washington
Entered on April 16, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe everyone has a purpose, but some people need the extra assistance to get their purpose across. Kids and adults today, or any other day, who have disorders and/or disabilities may need help, and are unable to get things done without assistance due to their weaknesses. On the other hand, people who do not understand may implicate that they’re not normal. They may stare, or question why people with special needs can’t get certain tasks done and others they can get done. Since our brains work differently, there are different preferences and particular things that people with disabilities may not be able to do.

When I was born, I was diagnosed with Mosaic Down Syndrome. The doctor also said I’d reach six feet tall, but that’s not happening any time soon. I didn’t learn about my disorder until I was twelve. When I found out, I was both disappointed and confused. I was wondering how this could be possible. I didn’t feel different; I didn’t think I was. I would have never guessed I had a disorder. Finding out changed my relationship with my parents. I felt I couldn’t rely on them, but it was later that my mom told me “we didn’t think you were ready”. I never thought I had to be a certain age to be told the truth. But I believed they had their reasons, I couldn’t stay mad at them forever if not hold a grudge.

I was regularly teased about how I couldn’t apply myself to physical activities that others could do. In grade school, on the playground, I couldn’t do hopscotch without using both feet. My balance is very weak. There will always be cases like mine, where kids or adults are disabled or can’t do certain things, but I have to say everyone’s equal no matter who they are. Overall, their aspects can reflect their purpose. Either way, with a disability or not it can be conquered. After all, I believe everyone’s equal even if they have a disability that sets them apart.