First I want to thank you for migrating to my new web address. I know that is kind of annoying.
Ok, story time. This happened about 8 months ago. My aide and I were at a Starbucks just after a photography lesson. We were waiting in line when this guy comes up to my aide and proclaims that "Your son is magnificent!" (God knows why... I was just waiting in line.)
My aide replied, "Oh, well she's not my son. But thanks. And you can speak to her directly."
The man (not getting the pronoun hints)replied, "Steven Hawkins is the Einstein of our time! He is going to be just like Stephen Hawkins when he grows up!"
"Well she is 25 and has just graduated from college, so I guess she's on her way, haha (nervous laughter)."
Finally catching on that my aide kept saying "she" and that I wasn't a little kid, he realized that he might have offended me/ my looks. So to rectify this misunderstanding, he leaned in close, put his hand on my shoulder and said, "EVERYONE IS BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR OWN WAY"
Like everyone else, he meant well, but no need to comment on my physique or compare me to other disabled people, thanks anyway.