Hey guys it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog entry. I will try to post at least once a week from now on. It would be helpful to suggest subjects to Ash and I. We want to hear from you. Your thoughts and what you would like us to discuss. We want this to be a blog not just for us, but others as well. Let your voice be heard. You don’t have to a disability to share your story our blog is for you too!
I recently viewed the new ABC comedy “Speechless” with my mom and I loved it! It was nice to see someone like me on tv, not only could I relate to what JJ was going though, but I love the comedic aspect they brought to it. My favorite scene was when JJ enters the classroom everyone stands. The teacher thought it was insensitive. But it actually shows the underlying stigma that able bodied people don’t know how to act around the disabled. We may have impairments, we are not broken. JJ’s situation is familiar to me.
Minnie Driver’s character Maya is a driven mother who will not let anyone limit her son even if it means moving her entire family so that he can have a better quality of life. The school wasn’t accessible so she took action immediately. The schools “ramp” was basically plywood used for trash disposal. Maya refused to allow JJ use it. Her son is not trash and deserves a ramp. I was in a similar situation that took my school three years to build an elevator. My mom refused to allow me to be limited to one floor. She wrote to the superintendent to put me into newer school. I see a lot of my mom in Minnie’s character. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure I’m ok.
One other aspect I loved about “Speechless” was how they show the point of view of the siblings. Often.times a disability not only affects the person with disabity, but the entire family. JJ’s siblings Dylan and Ray. Struggle with having a sibling with disabity. They want JJ to have normal life, but sometimes it at the cost of their happiness. Sometimes they feel left out because maya puts her energy into helping JJ. Those very valid feelings. It’s not the easiest thing to have a sibling with a disabity, but they would do anything for him. It’s great show! Check it out on Wednesdays 8:30/7:30c!