Even The Earth Is Not Perfect
So how can we expect humans with learning differences to be?
It constantly surprises me how little people know about the planet that they live on. When we see pictures of the Earth taken from outer space it seems like a perfect, steady, blue sphere, spinning nicely around. However, do a little research, and you’ll find (like I was surprised too) that the earth has a wobble that happens about every 20 thousand years. If you look at the Sahara desert as an example you can see that it wasn’t always a desert, and was actually an ocean 20 thousand years ago. Archeologists have even found ancient whale bones in the area. It’s pretty amazing to watch a time-lapse over thousands of years and see how one area can change from ocean to desert to jungle. It’s almost like turning a flashlight on and off.
This wobble that the earth has reminds me of learning differences. There are a few similarities I can find in the earth’s wobble and people who have disabilities; the greatest scientists and doctors and researchers are studying us, interested in learning more about us, and yet they don’t know a whole lot and could definitely do more. People with disabilities are exactly like the wobble in the earth in my mind, and also like the Pyramids of Egypt: very little information about us is known, and only certain and very few people seem to care when a discovery is made. If it is acceptable that the Earth has a wobble that occurs every 20 thousand years, then people with disabilities should be on the same level of acceptance in society. A wobble in the Earth is something that’s different and people with disabilities also have a little wobble in them, but we are still part of life whether you like it or not, just like the Sahara desert. People have learned to live with the Sahara desert, studied it and accepted it, so society can do the same with people with disabilities.