Life can be hard. Math can be hard too!
For me, I was fortunate to grow up with high school math being easy. I never took books home. I didn’t have to do extra work. I thought it was that way for everyone.
To be honest, I never considered what anyone else knew. I didn’t think about their grades, not to mention their needs and desires.
The first 50 years of my life were lived not knowing much outside of my own mind. I never realized the difficulties that one could endure in life. I never felt sympathy, because I didn’t realize they were there.
Come to find out there is a huge community of people that are kind and considerate. They don’t want to know what’s in for them, first. They want to know how they can help you. They are people that are or support those, with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Today, I’m hoping to let the world know of the “others”. These are the other people with differences. This doesn’t just mean disabilities. This goes for differences of all kinds, Whether it be differences in financial status, race, or religion. Differences in vaccinated versus non-vaccinated. This list could keep going.
We all have a disability. You have a disability. There are those with internal or external differences. Then there are those with the disability of not knowing they have a disability. Sometimes that disability comes out as a bias, prejudice, or self-limiting belief.
Other times that disability might be staring you in the face.
Overcoming these disabilities is much like overcoming physical abilities. Realizing that they’re there and compartmentalizing them.
Much like solving a math problem starts with first compartmentalizing the problem. Solving for “x” often involves reducing the number to the closest denominator. Simplifying the problem before solving.
My friend at school doesn’t realize there is any other way of doing homework. She knows I write the answers out while she types. It’s only hard because I make it hard. That bias of not seeing the world through her eyes is one of my disabilities.
She sees the problem by feeling raised dots on a piece of paper. To me, that is amazing.
You and I are the ones that are disabled.
Do you see the lesson? Simplify the problem before we solve it. That’s it!
Let’s work on simplifying why people with disabilities are not always treated as people that have value.
It makes my heart happy when you hit reply and let me know your thoughts. Do it!