Standing Up for Disabled Persons


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Happy children with disabilities.

Michelle Portillo Aguiar, Editor

Special needs is a popular phrase assigned to individuals with disabilities refers to individuals who require assistance that may be medical, mental, or psychological. Studies show, 15 percent of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. One example of a Special needs person is Down Syndrome, they are born with an extra chromosome, it’s a genetic condition. Down syndrome varies in severity among individuals, causing lifelong intellectual disability and developmental delays. It’s the most common genetic chromosomal disorder and cause of learning disabilities in children. It also commonly causes other medical abnormalities, including heart and gastrointestinal disorders. . For example, they might have a delay in language, memory issues, and have difficulty using their motor skills. Adults and children with Down Syndrome have distinct facial features like, a small head, short neck, flattened face, short height, and small ears. Other Special Needs may also have similar distinct facial features, have extra body parts, or have mental health problems, if not all of the above.

The only differences between Special Needs and us are that they need more care than others do, everyone grows physically and mentally at their own pace. It’s not reasonable to treat them differently than others just because of how they look and act on the outside. They are still human beings who can feel emotions just the same as everyone does, people should treat them with kindness and respect. Do not separate them from others just because they aren’t “normal”. Why does it matter if someone is not normal? In this author’s opinion, it is unique that they are not like everybody else, if everyone was similar in how they looked and behaved than that would make this world so boring.

Going back to the popular phrase assigned to individuals with disabilities, called Special needs. It’s believed to be a controversial phrase, the reason to that is because while it may have be the correct definition, it also can not be the most appropriate phrase to use. BDHS autism assistant teacher Aaron Collins stated that, “We all have our own special needs really, there are some things I can not do and I would need some extra special help for whatever that scenario is…and really the stuff that they do in here is not special because everyone else has worked on it too, it’s just them going at their own pace.” Experts might also side with Collins, some studies show that the phrase can appear offensive and negative to some. It all just depends on the intention behind that phrase however, it does not mean you can not use the word, it just means others prefer it to not be used.  It would be best to not use that phrase with a bad tone or have any offense toward it.

This is the 21st century, people are better than this, individuals should stand up for others in need and not let them feel inferior to others! Some of them are feeling lonely, depressed, and vulnerable because only few are treating them with the warmth they deserve. Anyone can make an impactful change if you put your mind to it. People should love and care for every single person in this world, no matter their shape or size. Again, everybody is born innocent and equal, lets treat others the way ourselves would want to be treated in return. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let your voice be heard, your words and actions will make an impact which will make the world a happier place.

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