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Why I Don't Mind Being Considered Inspirational as a Teen With Cerebral Palsy

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If disabled people have any universal bone to pick with the able-bodied it is: If I see one more meme like “This man can dress himself, and you’re saying you overcome obstacles?” I think I’ll sue Facebook.

This is reasonable. Everyone wants to be more person than poster child. I hate it when strangers say I’ve done a great job on something simple, as though they’re surprised that I can, for example, remember instructions.

But then I think of the frustration I went through for years as I tried to improve my handwriting with my occupational therapist, improve my posture with my physical therapist, or put on my shirt with my dad.

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