Disabled people are very normal

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I am part of a group of people that are different. I’m with the disabled people. Does that make me weird? I don’t think so! But a lot of people actually do. An not only me, they will act weird towards all disabled people. Time for some change!

There’s a lot of disabled people in this world, according to the World Health Organization there’s 650 million disabled people in this world. Shocking? I thought I already told you we’re really quite normal. I also read that 1 in every 10 children is coping with a disability. That’s really quite a lot don’t you think? So why is it that we’re still not treated normally?

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I think most of the time people are scared that they will hurt our feelings. I understand. Even I have that problem sometimes, talking to other handicapped people. But you know what? Most of us are really happy with ourselves, and we don’t mind you asking us questions. The most important thing is that you treat us as an equal. Sure, sometimes you’re gonna have to help us do things we can’t do. But that doesn’t make us weird, does it?

I think people are scared of disabled people because we’re different. And in this society, different is a bit weird. You’re supposed to be the same, to be perfect, to work real hard to make something of yourself, to not rely on anyone but yourself. But will that really make you happy? I think we forgot something very important. We NEED each other. We will NEVER be perfect. EVERYBODY hurts sometimes. And ALL we want is to be loved. So can we maybe try something different? Can we try to act normal to everyone? Try to love, even though someone is not perfect? I am sure as hell going to try! :)

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Marit

Marit is the person who started Pretty Different. She was born with only one hand and has struggled with the crazy ideal of perfection. Since accepting that she's different, she started seeing the beauty in 'imperfection'.

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