I dislike any kind of bullying. I think it’s wrong for someone to make another person feel low or bad about themselves. No one deserves to be treated like shit. I especially dislike when people bully the disabled community because they think they can’t get away with it.
When I was in junior high there was this girl who claimed to be my friend but every day for a month she would torment me both physically and verbally. She would hit me over the head with poster tubes, blow glitter in my eyes, call me names like “stupid” and “retarded” and countless other acts. This went on for a month. It went on because I was too quiet and scared to say anything or tell anyone. Finally one day I broke down to my mom and told her.
In high school I was one of the very few kids with a disability to mainstream out of special ed. Because of this I knew a lot of people, both in special ed and not. I talked to everyone - disability or not - because well that doesn’t matter to me. There was a group of kids with Down Syndrome who came out occasionally for the regular lunch period. Most of special ed stayed in the classroom during lunch. On several occasions I would see other kids pick on this group because they were different. They would tease them and call them names and laugh at them. It hurt me. Every time this happened I would go and intervene. How can someone be so low as to take advantage of someone who couldn’t stick up for themselves?! Of course I would be greeted with surprise by the bullies because I myself was disabled. Some people have this notion that the disabled community is quiet and doesn’t speak up for themselves. While some people might not be able to gather the courage to speak up (which I too have gone through), I assure you I am not one of those people. My mom taught me to stand up for myself, fight for what I believe in and never let anyone take advantage of me.
Tonight I received an email that upset me. Though I could care less about what this person thinks of me, it bothered me enough to write about it - and bullying. This person spoke with a matter-of-factly tone and made me feel like I knew nothing because I was disabled. They were sure they were right and I most certaintly was wrong. They made the situation to be my fault because according to them I’m too shy to speak up. If they would have understood the situation correctly they’d know I in fact did speak up. They’d realize my reply was because I was dissatisfied about what was done about the situation after I spoke up. They tried to make me out to be some scared little girl in a wheelchair. It pissed me off.
I hate when people think they’re better than me. I hate when people think they know more than me because I’m in a wheelchair. It’s stupid how people try to take advantage of you and put you down because they think you will do nothing about it.
I went back and forth of whether or not to post this email. A part of me wanted to to call this person out but another part of me didn’t want to give them the benefit of watching me sink to their level of name calling and pointing fingers. I’m better than that.
But I needed to write. To get it off my chest and say how stupid bullying is.
So I’m done with you sir, and them.
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I’m not sure to whom I should direct this to, but I have a complaint about the Supernatural convention this past weekend in Burbank.
This was my first time attending a Creation Entertainment event and I was very excited as Supernatural is one of my favorite TV shows. I have to say I was a bit dissappointed with the lack of Disabled Services offered at the convention. What concerned me the most was a particular incident during one of the panels. I understand that there was reserved seating for those who paid more and general admission were free to occupy the rest of the seats available. My care assistant and I found a general seat open and took our places excited for the panels. Of course I parked my wheelchair next to his seat as we waited seeing as there were no designated handicap seating. A few minutes later we were approached by staff and asked why I was parked in the aisle. We explained it was because there was no direction of where I was to be seated. I was then told I could not sit there because it was a fire hazard (which I understand) and that I had to get out of my chair and sit in a regular chair while they placed my wheelchair against the wall. I was a bit offended staff would suggest this. I cannot transfer easily and I most certainly cannot just sit in any seat. I made staff aware that that wasn’t an option for me and they told me I had to leave the room then. I found this a bit ridiculous. I asked if I could move the end chair out of the way and park my wheelchair in it’s place so that I wasn’t blocking the aisle. I was responded with attitude and a “Well I guess.”
There were other smaller incidents where I found the convention inaccessible as well. While I understand smaller conventions may not expect a large amount of the disabled community in attendance, it saddens me that I was not able to enjoy my day like everyone else due to the lack of knowledge by staff of the disabled and disabled services that were offered, or in this case lack of. After the panel incident I could not enjoy the rest of my day and left the convention early.
I ask that you please consider the disabled community and their needs for future conventions. I feel like this past weekend was a huge dissapointment and waste of money, making me unsure if I will attend future shows. I hope this matter can be looked into and Creation can become more aware of how to deal with and offer accessible accomodations. I would hate to not attend any future Creation events because of this.
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Anonymous asked: Clearly those who stop messaging you once they find out you're in a wheelchair, really aren't worth messaging. Screw em'! If they're going to be like that, they obviously don't deserve to know you, and they are the one's missing out.
Thank you! Yeah people are like why don’t you just tell them you’re in a wheelchair in the first place to get it out of the way? That’s not the point! It shouldn’t matter whether I’m in a wheelchair or not. If you’re gonna message me because you’re interested in me and want to get to know me then go scared running the second you find out I’m in a chair then you’re not worth my time. Guys like that are superficial and need to grow a pair and be a real man!
Taking a Vicodin at this show might have been a mistake. The opening band made me soooooo sleepy. At least my leg stopped hurting.