Growing up I was excluded from many activities. Some exclusions were just; I physically was unable to participate. Others were unjust; I was perceived as unable to participate. I survived, but it bugged me sometimes, especially on job interview days. There are legitimate reasons because of my severe disability that you may judge me as a lesser person. In other ways, however, I am a greater person. I'm more intelligent than many of you reading this. I'm a better writer than many of you. I am superior in a few ways. I don't prejudge. I'll let you show me your best stuff, and I'll admit when I've met someone more skilled, talented or intelligent than me. I make those decisions individually. I ask the same of you. I've been excluded unjustly due to perceptions of my disability. It happens less today, but it still happens. It's sad but understandable. Society imposes exclusion on other groups for far less understandable reasons. If you: fear a
SunFyre is written by a guy in a wheelchair, thus "...words from a seated position." However, this journal isn't about being disabled. I'm a husband, father of twins, entrepreneur, author and occasional political pundit.