Disabled Not Distorted


Mattison Jones, Staff Writer

 It was said that I was not normal and that I was distorted. It was said that I would be pitied. I was once told that I was a  disappointment. 

Hi, my name Mati and I have a disability. I was born with the disability of CHARGE Syndrome is a disorder that affects many areas of the body. I as well as many others with disabilities are just as human, brave, confident. and smart as any other. Whether a mental disability or physical disability we have our ups and downs. We laugh, we smile and we sometimes feel lonely. 

“It feels invalidating”, junior Annslie Chapman says. She gets picked on because people can’t see her disability and they claim she’s “Faking” it. Chapman has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). According to www.cdc.gov, ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors  or being overly active-in other words it is a disability that you can not see.

 Junior, Maddisson Davis has a physical disability and states “I think there’s no such thing as being different, just unique”.

 We are all unique in our own ways and we all have one thing in common, we’re human and we should love and respect each other no matter what. “It’s really defeating”, Ms. Davis, a Sped teacher, states her encounter with someone being bullied. 

The bully may have personal issues or they could be insecure, but being disrespectful doesn’t make this situation less harmful and is not an excuse. Davis says a way abled people can improve interactions towards disabled people, is to be educated and talk to them.   

So, if you ever see me in the halls walking with my cane, remember, “I am disabled not distorted and I am a person just like you.”