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To Disclose or Not to Disclose

How do you address your disability? Let’s say you’re in the grocery store and you notice someone staring, do you confront them or do you shy away? Growing up with a disability, I never really understood why people stood and stared and whispered about me behind my back. For Pete’s sake I’m standing right there, acknowledge that I exist and we can have a conversation about it. It wasn’t until I was older that I started acknowledging that someone had questions about me. I would politely answer the question which started a conversation. By the end, that person felt more comfortable talking to someone with a disability. I was no longer a strange commodity but a person with really cool talents.