I wasn’t prepared for the power of those two words. To be precise, I hadn’t anticipated the negative energy that phrase could convey.
In her post, “Quiet Hands,” Julia Bascom shares moments from her past when those in power demanded that she stop flapping her hands, stop touching things and, most importantly, stop acting autistic. She explores this issue again in her post “Grabbers.”
I was shocked to read these words. Not because I don’t believe these things could happen, but because I worried that I have been guilty of being a grabber.
It’s not a question of whether I have ever grabbed Philip’s hands. I’m sure I have. What I have to look at is the why: Did I do it so that he wouldn’t look different? Did I do it because others were staring? Did I think he was doing something wrong?…
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