25 years old Beninois, Paterne Hessou, shares his poem: This ABLE with the Commonwealth.
Do not call me disabled regarding my physical or mental dis-abilities.
I may not be capable of moving my legs or arms the way I would wish.
I may not see or hear you when you speak.
I may not even be able to utter a word.
Or perhaps my brain is not quite functional
But this doesn’t define me.
Look around with a different eye.
Look through my soul and not my body.
Look through my mind and my deeds,
I think I am more than you think. I can be extraordinary.
I too can change the world like a healthy and full-body being.
Look at me in the eyes and tell me,
Do all those people changing the world need their arms and legs to do that?
I saw a blind lawyer, he was extremely good at defending people with the gift of eyesight’s interests.
Some people called him disabled. I wonder if they do know the meaning of being able.
I saw a man with no limbs who motivates the entire world.
If this is not being able, then what is it?
I met a deaf lady who writes very interesting fictional stories.
There was that nine years old boy suffering from dyslexia,
But I was astonished by his talent at drawing.
One of my greatest professors at college is a one-armed-person.
Do I call this man a disabled? The man is a genius.
I or you may have one, two or even more Dis-abilities, but this doesn’t define who we really are.
‘’I believe there is a reason why something happens.’’Nick Vujicic once said.
Look at me more positively with the right perspective and see the power beyond my dis-ability.
Stop calling people with disabilities disabled. They can be as able as any other human being because we are all this able.
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