Growing up not knowing I had cerebral palsy meant I had no standards or base line from which I could judge by experiences, or which I could work from.
Not knowing anything about my disability, meant that it was also difficult to explain how my symptoms or disability presented in everyday life, just what people saw and then how they chose to deal with me.
Even through having no standard or base line to work from, that has been far easier than dealing with other people’s attitudes, in my life, what I’ve had to endure and their lack of understanding and patience towards me with what I deal with, around my disability.
But whatever anyone deals with, whether they have a base line to work from or not, and whether what they have to deal with is obvious or not, there has to be an element of empathy, tolerance and compassion coming from us.
If the shoe were on the other foot, it’s what others would expect from us. It’s how in society we all need to work.