Our biggest disability is stigma

This article first appeared in The State.

At 21 years old and holding my dual bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education, I was filled with enthusiasm for joining the job market. Although my potential employer seemed excited by my answers, I knew the interview was over when she asked, “Do you have enough stamina? Do you think children would respect you?”

I have a nonprogressive neuromuscular disorder, but the interviewer had once been my own principal and used to tell me, “Dori, you have more energy than any student I’ve ever met; you are going to go far.” What an unusual experience, to feel invisible to someone who always complimented your achievements.

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