One Part Of Who I Am

Prominent Pathways, LLC is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. It is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s office. This year’s theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.” The aim is to show how a person with a disability, is the sum of all their parts. We are not defined by our disability. Through education, Prominent Pathways, LLC will continue to show how disability does not mean inability. Below is a poem that I wrote, and wanted to share with you.
Why do you feel the need to categorize me?
Placing me in a group filled with stereotypes and misconceptions,
slowly, but surely, erases my individuality.
I’m a person, who happens to be blind,
but that does not mean I have the inability to see;
for I see with my heart,
so please, have some empathy.
When you talk about people, who are blind,
you say that they’re unapproachable,
or could it be that your perception may not be plausible?
If you viewed me as my friends do,
you’d realize I’m a separate entity.
Selfless, caring, gifted, determined;
my friends describe me to be.
On the contrary of unapproachable,
with sheer honesty,
one friend described me to be personable.
Take the time to listen;
I’m not asking for sympathy,
but instead, a chance to be accepted for being me.

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