SEE THE ABLE NOT THE LABEL

My father did not let me go to school he said, and that was one of the life-changing moments that I have had.

I was shocked and surprised how some of them are treated, how some were neglected, how some were abused, because people thought they were less than them. People thought they were better. And the joy, the intelligence, the love and care I see in them was like no other, no one can ever meet a happy child like one with Down syndrome, no one can ever meet an intelligent child like the one with autism. Just because he was missing a leg he was treated as if he was dumb and useless.

I woke up every morning early IN THE summer just so I can share a part of their day and gain some of their happiness. Between the heartbreaking moments and the moments where I never stopped laughing and dancing with them I knew what life was about, I know what it meant to be truly happy.

It was an honor to work with them, I have encountered disabilities that I have never even heard of, and when we went out in public people stared and pointed, they left their errands and jobs just so they can see what was outside or why was a 15 years old crying in public, or having a seizure all of the sudden.

And from past experiences and knowledge you hear about girls being abused because they are helpless, because they couldn’t move a muscle. People talk about them as if they don’t exist, as if they aren’t in the room and it is heartbreaking, because they are not stupid or helpless or ugly or monsters. They are in fact inspirational, powerful, intelligent, strong, beautiful inside and out. 

littleemilylynn:

Even as an outsider this fills me with rage. The man (police officer) who did this to Gilberto is a twisted fucking man and should not be given the authority he has. The probability of America becoming a Police State is high but you are all distracted with stupid fucking shit. Start paying more attention to local and world government, culture and environment. 

littleemilylynn:

Even as an outsider this fills me with rage. The man (police officer) who did this to Gilberto is a twisted fucking man and should not be given the authority he has. The probability of America becoming a Police State is high but you are all distracted with stupid fucking shit. Start paying more attention to local and world government, culture and environment.