Disability

Immature

parent call adult ID kid immature
what is mature
we measure intelligence on maturity
maturity is false


i be call immature
when i can’t adapt
when i can’t understand
when i show symptom of my disability


when i lack language
when world is inaccessible
what are you really saying
immature?


that not the word you mean
yet you still use it
to treat like a child
to not give respect


immature is not
good descriptive
find better way
to say what mean

and treat me
like my age

Disability

You told me I was too loud

so I shut that inside

You told me I moved too much

so I trapped my body inside

You told me I was too much

.

You told me I couldn’t

because my body wouldn’t be safe

and I stayed so closed inside me

I no longer existed

.

I cut pieces of myself off and

swallowed them whole

hiding them inside

my inner castle

only to come play when I was alone

and I lost myself

.

I no longer recognise the faces in the mirror

I no longer recognise who I became

a stranger to myself

.

He told me I could

he told me to try

and I did

.

with you gone

I slowly attach the pieces of me

stitched carefully and slowly

back onto my soul

.

scarred bruised

painfully

but they’re me

I recover

and slowly

I start to recognise myself

.

loud

moving

taking up space

.

and it’s ok

because that is me

.

I should take up all the space

because the world needs to see

I am here

I exist

I am worthwhile

Social

I See You

I see you

I see you talk

I don’t know what sounds you is making

but I see

.

I see you body move

I see you face make shape

I see face make lines

I see you face mouth line

down or up

.

I know you talk about me or not

I see talk good or bad

people think I not know not understand

I know

I not have hear sound

I know I see

.

people talk about I front I

it make feel mad

I there I see I know

I can be talk to I can be include

I not doll I person

I have right be talk people too

I want friendship too talk to I not about I

.

Disability

Latex Allergy

If I educate one person today then it’s worth it.
I have a latex allergy. I am airborne anaphylactic to latex. Every time I go to a shop, go to bowling, go out it is anxiety inducing because I never know when or where I will see a balloon. I never know if this time my antihistamines and inhalers and everything else will work or this time I need my epipen just from this balloon. Latex allergy is progressive, this means every time I am exposed the allergy gets worse. There’s no way to make it better and exposure therapy is not an option. I can tell you there’s latex in a room as soon as I am in it without seeing it because I react. I have reacted at drs only to be told I can’t be reacting or there’s no latex only to find latex gloves, a single rubber band in a drawer etc. A single balloon makes me sick for days up to a week even using everything I can to not end up in hospital. The allergy doesn’t stop just by having an epipen or antihistamines etc. It’s hard and bowling is often a difficult thing, I love bowling but there’s so much latex and there’s always balloons. I have given feedback to companies but it falls on dead ears and I am only one person. There are latex free balloons but no one wants to buy them. This is only a small part of my daily life. Latex kills. Not only people but the environment, latex balloons don’t biodegrade the way people think. It should be banned, we have better options.

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