Sorry I Don’t Look Disabled Enough For You!

by Krissy Ward

     When most people think of a disabled person, they think of someone who is missing a limb, in a wheelchair, or someone who walks with a limp; any sort of physical impairment confirming that there is in fact a disability. Some people fail to realize that disabilities go way beyond a person’s physical appearance.

     This can be harmful when those very people can’t seem to mind their business, going as far as leaving notes on cars parked in handicapped spots trying to shame them for parking there, assuming they weren’t disabled based on the way they looked. 

     There are so many times that I have needed to get a scooter while at a store, festival or park, but don’t because of the stigma surrounding what a disability "looks like". There are many others, like me, who will not park in a handicapped parking space because they feel that same shame coming from the ignorance of onlookers.

     Also, just mind the business that pays you. Get a hobby if you have that much time on your hands. Stop judging people and open your eyes to the fact that disabled doesn’t just look one way.