So since my last blog post got a lot of comments about a disabled person's responsibly to educate the masses, I thought I would put in my 2 cents. First, I see and understand both sides. People don't get taught how to correctly interact with people with disabilities. On the flip side, people with any difference (disability, sexual orientation, race, gender identity, etc.) are not here to educate people about how to relate to them.
If I were to talk to everyone that looked at me funny, made one tiny comment, or even ignored me and talked to my aide, I would do nothing but that. And I want to do more in my life. But if a person is genuinely interested in me and is not sure how to communicate or approach me, I'm glad to "educate" them.
Many of you (in my previous posts) have asked why I don't yell at the people who annoy me. I don't because I know they are just trying to be nice and don't know how to act. If anyone was intentionally mean you bet I would whip my board out and give them some choice words. When I was younger and people used to come up and hug/pet me, my mom would yell at them. I totally understand why she did that, but it probably put some people off from approaching any person with a disability. That is the reason I never yell at people who are trying to be nice. However, some people (as much as you try) will never understand that I am smart and just like everyone else. Trying to educate them would only lead to frustration. I hope this sheds some light on my philosophy of educating people.