Compassion shouldn’t feel sticky sweet

True compassion is something that shores the other person up, makes them stronger and feel welcomed. When ‘compassion’ is a rip-off, people with disabilities feel diminished, cheated, and the rest of us are left with a bad taste in our mouths. My advocacy hero, Robert Perske, always says if he had to pick between ‘special’ and ‘ordinary’, he’d pick the latter every time. Get a feel for what the cloying variety of compassion does for this 13-year-old teenager with autism.


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