Redefining Disability Challenge – Question 17


Each Wednesday, I post my response to a question from the Redefining Disability Challenge. This is my response to the seventeenth question in the Challenge. As usual, I am not looking ahead to future questions, so I may inadvertently address some topics which will come up later in the Challenge.

Here is this week’s question:

Have you experienced discrimination because of disabilities? Discrimination comes in many forms, from refusal to employ or accommodate a person with a disability to treating that person with disrespect because of it.

As someone who has lived with a neuromuscular disease her entire life, of course I have faced discrimination. Everyone who lives with disability faces negative treatment from time to time due to their difference. I have also witnessed those I care for struggle against discrimination in their lives.

According to the United States Department of Justice, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) “prohibits…

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