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In our town, there’s a bus for elderly and disabled people. It picks you up at your house, takes you grocery shopping, to doctors’ appointments, to anything within its range. On the one hand, I’m very excited; I would love to do more things by myself. On the other, I’m very nervous, because the bus is a new thing to me and I don’t really know how to use it. I’d need someone to come with me until I got the hang of it, someone who knows how my impairments work. My mother is usually the best assistant for things like this.

But she says, “A bus driver molested a little girl who was deaf ten years ago.”

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UPDATE: Dave Hingsburger discusses the “disabled people are defenseless” stereotype in his post DPN

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h/t: abfh and Ms. Crip Chick

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[Image Description: A faceless person with brown hair parted cleanly down the middle. The back of the office chair she’s sitting in is visible, and behind her you can see a white wall and a wooden door flung open with a plastic bag on the doorknob. In the lower left corner, you can see some pink shoes.]

A friend once told me that my disability was “semi-visible.” At the time, I thought I knew what she meant. Now I realize I don’t.

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“Is that your bad arm?”

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