Huffington Post: People with Disabilities Open Up About Hate Crimes

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Huffington Post: People with Disabilities Open Up About Hate Crimes

6/20/13

by Tiffiny Carlson, The Mobility Resource

It was five degrees below zero and I was getting on the school bus as a wheelchair-user for the very first time. My neck brace was freshly off and I was in my squeaky new E&J chair, being sent back to high school.

I had missed the first three months of ninth grade because of a spinal cord injury. As a gawky 14-year-old stuck in a power wheelchair, feeling like an alien, worried my peers would reject me, yeah, I was deathly afraid of going back. And after getting on the bus that morning is when I experienced my first taste of hate because I was disabled. It was the bad kid with bad parents and he always had something to say. Continue reading . . .