Outer Disabilities

by Aimee Vargas, 16 yr. old from our Spina Bifida community

Aimee Vargas shares her feelings about the need to treat all people as equals.  She also encourages others with disabilities to seek after their dreams.  Great advise from a very positive person and good role model!  Learn more about Aimee Vargas here.

We all have “disabilities” whether it’s visible or not. If we all have disabilities, why don’t we stop all the judging? We are all equal. We might have different types of lifestyles, personalities, and race, but aside from all that, there is one word that defines that we’re all equal: Human. We could look at someone across the street in a wheelchair and we automatically think, “That person probably can’t do things on their own.” or “That person needs special treatment, so let me go and see what I can do to help.” When we see a classmate who finishes their assignment later than everyone else we may think, “That person doesn’t get the assignment” or “They’re dumb” or “Wow. They need a tutor.” It hurts to see how we sometimes think something and treat others different.

If you have an “outer” disability (one that is physical and easy to see), just know that you are not alone. There are others with a disability who are going through the same feelings as you. Don’t be thinking you are alone, because the truth is, you will never be alone. Don’t get discouraged if you see someone achieve their goals and you haven’t been able to get to that point yet. Your dreams can be achieved as well, and you can have the same opportunities. You are the same as everyone else. You can be anything you want to be, and can do anything you want just as long as you put the same effort as others do. Don’t let others get in the way of what can make you happy. Try to surround yourself with people who can support you and give you wise advice, and again, don’t let people get in the way of your dreams, and don’t get discouraged. Just think of your disability as a blessing. Without that “blessing” you wouldn’t be where you are now. With your knowledge of your disability, show others it is possible and use your knowledge to guide others who are lost.

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