Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who inspired me all those years ago in elementary school with the quote about judging people by the “content of their character.” I only wish the civil rights movement had extended more into recognizing the abilities of people impacted by “disability.” And the fact that we get treated differently because we have different learning styles. I wish there was a disability civil rights movement. Until there is one, keep advocating for yourself and your loved ones. Explain that NLD is just a different way of learning. It doesn’t mean we’re slow, or unable to do things. Keep acquiring knowledge and getting educations, volunteering, and working to be employed. We can do anything and everything we strive for.
Sometimes I feel like telling nosy people, this is just how I was created. Like anyone else, I was meant to have a combination of talents and shortcomings. I have wonderful qualities and flaws. Despite abuse and mistreatment, I survived, and not just that, I got better, and I’m now doing quite well.
I am so fortunate to be alive, to have a peaceful existence, to bring compassion to myself and others. We don’t have justice, as many quotes have said, until everyone has equal rights, protection, and treatment. Too often those with “disabilities” are viewed as less important. This is has to stop now. So everyone, be proud of who you are. Keep living your life despite NLD!