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

Accessibility

Accessibility many many things

not just wheelchair ramp

Accessibility simplify language

little sound hush

earphones headphones

AAC device

facilitated communication

symbols

space to rock flap stim tic

book on sound

sign language

place latex free

assistive technology

light not bright

Accessibility many more things

Accessibility not just wheelchair

Disability more than just paralysis

Give more than just wheelchair ramp

All accessibility I need or world not accessible for me

autism, Social

Smile

often people say

smile

you look good when you smile

often people think

smile mean happy

smile isn’t happy

happy is my hands

my body

my moving

happy is flapping

stimming

big body wiggles

my face is not

my feelings

a smile means nothing

smile on face

is fake

forced

smile is what others taught

uncomfortable unnatural

awkwardly painful

my happiness

shows in my ways

i move

i bounce

i flap

i squeal

i don’t need to

smile for you

i only need to be me

stimming

free

see me in my world

doing my thing

and you may

see me differently