[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Yes, a book

  • From: "robert tweedy" <roberttweedy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 06:48:48 -0600

Barbara I have two disabilities as well. I am blind and have a form of C.P and 
my speech is sometimes hard to understand. People ignore me after seeing my 
hand but most say hi and so on but there, majority at least, ignore me, I will 
answer if spoken to. I handle it by thinking that people have their choice. 
For skype contact bobwichitaks
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: barbarab65@xxxxxxx 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 8:29 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Yes, a book

  Someone asked me a question about whether I have a visible physical 
disability. I do. I walk with canes and use a scooter for long distances. But, 
I do not think that is why people ignore me. When they find out that I stutter, 
some people stop wanting to talk to me. Fortunately, it is not everyone. I 
often act aloof because I do not want people to know that I stutter. This adds 
to the distancing. But, I am working on this. Stuttering is a different 
experience from having other disabilities and this I know from experience. In 
the past, many people with other kinds of disabilities have basically written 
me off because of my stuttering, telling me that I cannot do this and this but 
guess what, I am doing it anyway. My vision problem is hidden but it is still 
there. Because I fit into many disability categories, people who have 
disabilities often do not accept me because my disabilities are not clear cut. 
However, not everyone is like this. There are some people who have disabilities 
who are understanding and think about me positively but there are some people 
without disabilities who do the same. I am curious. How do other people with 
different types of disabilities from yours, respond to you?


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