The First Time Someone Called Me a ‘Cripple’

The First Time Someone Called Me a ‘Cripple’

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The First Time Someone Called Me a ‘Cripple’

The importance of words may be obvious to most, but I am gradually learning that lesson. The first time the power and weight of words struck me was the first time I was referred to as a “cripple.” Being called a cripple had such an impact on my life that I still remember it more than 20 years later. It was a regular school day in 1996, and my fourth-grade class was playing kickball. As…

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