Thursday, October 30, 2014

Disabilities should not be used as insults

As a person on the autism spectrum, I have unique gifts and challenges. My brain works differently from the majority of people and when I went to school, my classmates enforced a school-wide “norm” that I was to be bullied and shunned.

I’ve never been called “Aspergery,” but I’ve had the r-word thrown at me.

It bothers me when anyone — regardless of political ideology — uses a person’s disability as a casual insult. So I add my concern to that of Emily Shire writing for the Daily Beast: “Yes, ‘Aspergery’ is a Slur and It’s Time to Stop Using it.”

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