When I was younger, I never thought much about living with a disability. I was born with a condition called spina bifida, which caused me to have a disability that affected my mobility. I was lucky that my parents were very supportive and always Encouraged me to be as independent as possible. They taught me how to use a wheelchair and how to take care of myself, and I always felt like I could do anything I set my mind to.
However, as I got older, I started to realize that the world is not always as supportive or accommodating as my family was. I would go out in public and people would stare at me, or make comments about my disability. I would try to apply for jobs, but often times I was told that I wasn’t qualified because of my disability. I felt like I was constantly being judged and that my worth was based on my ability to do things that able-bodied people take for granted.
It’s been hard for me to accept that this is the reality of living with a disability in an able-bodied world. I often feel invisible and like my voice doesn’t matter. I’m constantly fighting for acceptance and inclusion, and it can be exhausting. I know that I’m not alone in this fight, and that there are millions of other people living with disabilities who feel the same way. But it’s still hard to deal with the day-to-day reality of living in a world that wasn’t designed for us.