On this national CP Day I have a request. Do not pretend.
I am a 24 year old college senior, who graduates in June. I understand a lot of things. I love to read and devalued Harry Potter Books in my youth. I am very good writer, despite not having the best proof reading skills. While math is not my strong subject, I can count change pretty well and worked at a Cash Register.
|Me Jumping rope. Notice my right arm is bent|
The Biggest thing that happens though is my speech. I have a speech impairment. My muscles in my mouth are tight. I do not open my mouth wide when I am talking. I have dysarthria that is the result of Cerebral Palsy.
Please Do not pretend that you understand me when I am speaking.
My real name is hard to say. Its four syllables long with an R in one of its syllables. I hate my name but have no ideas for a new name. I am still considering a new name.
|Me Eating a Banana. That is how big my mouth is|
In the meantime if I come up and introduce myself to you and you're not sure what I said, or anyone with a speech impairment please I ask you to to asks us. to repeat what we said We know when you can not understand and it sucks. I know you think that we can not understand the difference and its an awkward situation; however, it hurts.
When you pretend to understand me. I feel disrespected, I feel like what I have to say is not important - which makes it hard especially since I'm nearing the age to enter the l job market. Please presume that I am making sense. Please be a little patient and work with me; ask me to show you, or write it down. Enlist the help of others around you. Let's work together to get my point across. Because what I have to say is important.