Living with a disability means we’re either seen as heroic because we manage our disability, or that any effort we make is great because we’re learning to deal with it.
We’re not really seen as normal, but given the fact that having a disability still means we get to live in the same world as everyone else, albeit with a different set of issues to deal with, we should still be treated in the same way as those without a disability.
Living with a disability means we can’t always see things as clearly as those without a disability. It also means our physical and emotional presence are slightly altered, but our perceptions will still be the same as our counterparts. Disability doesn’t always change how we fundamentally go about living our life, apart from the obvious disability constraints.
We have the same ideals and beliefs than able-bodied people and therefore should be treat with the same normalcy. Perceptions from other people towards those of us with a disability can grow tiresome, because we want to be treat in the same way as others and because we’re just trying to live our lives.
Although treating us differently is often non-intentional, it can still make us feel insecure and it seem false. It can also make us feel like there is a lack of real expectation from others towards us and that any participation is just considered to be enough. Disability is a part of us, in the same way that what others deal with are a part of them.
It is other people’s perceptions of us that often keep us stuck, but since we share the same world with people without disabilities, we’re entitled to be treated in the same way and need to be.