Why is it that handicapped aren't expected to do anything?
I have had epilepsy since I was three and began wearing glasses at age 2. I have worn contacts since age 20/
I have always wanted to make something out of myself. My parents, assistant principal never told me not to achieve. I couldn't achieve anything in the technical colleges that I attended; I couldn't get out of basic classes.
The job, at which I excelled most, was the one at Ryan's Steakhouse. I was there for nine years,but had to quit do to so many seizures. I loved making my own money.
It was actually just brought to my attention that the handicapped aren't expected to do for themselves.
We, with disabilities, need to be able to do for ourselves to some capacity.. What about when our parents die?
Asked By: Enigma - 11/5/2010
I don't know what country your from, so I can only talk from what I see and know living here in the UK. I would have thought all other big major countries would have been more like my own, but by what you are saying, it appears not, and yes I feel so sorry for you. True you have a disability, I do now but just from old age, so I do have a slight understanding of how frustrated you must feel, and how not being encouraged to reach and aim for anything you yourself want must effect you, especially as a young person.
Here in the UK we are really up regarding those with disabilities. There are plenty of organizations and schools that encourage people with disabilities of all kinds to be able to do most anything they want to do. OK so we have the NHS over here (The National Health Service), which of course is free, and yes money does often make the difference. But anyway, from physical therapy to mental therapy they are 5 starred here, so that of course helps a disabled person so much.
Where I live in North Devon, right by the sea, we have Sports and Holiday establishments for both the fit and disabled persons. I often seen a group of disabled people being took out on the sea in such things as cannoning. For those who are not sports minded, they are plenty of arts and craft organizations for disabled person, along with social activities and trips out on coaches for these people. It was not always this way here in the UK, I will not pretend that it was, but over the last 20 years or so, we Brits have come along way to helping those less fortunate than ourselves, and do not see disability as a society problem amongst us all. Companies are compelled to employ disabled persons, and again that applies to employing other raced people too, so like I say England has come a long way in putting things right - but it was not always perfect.
I am retired now, and whilst I did not work in any of these organizations, I would love to find people like you simply because I know I would honour respect and encourage you to reach out for all your goals, and stick with you side by side to make sure you got all your heart desired.
Last but not least, never give up on yourself, never give up on getting a job that you want, ok you have epilepsy, but a lot of the time I guess it can be kept under control with drugs (I hope so anyway), why not start looking at jobs where you could work for disabled persons of all kinds, working in say a children's establishment or with the elderly that are disabled in various ways. I say this because through your own experience of disability in life, you more so than anyone else have a deep understanding of how other disabled people must feel.
The reason your story touched my heart, is not through pity or feeling sorry for you, its because due to your epilepsy, others are not giving you the chance to fulfill yourself, your needs, your aims and your goals - and Honey you should have everything in life like the rest of us have, even though yes both sides have to work at that, for nothing comes free - but don't give up on yourself, your a survivor.
God bless and Good Luck
Answered By: Billie - 11/5/2010