Disabled Doesn't Mean Unable
I’ve stated that I’m a mom, right?
That tidbit has been thrown into the conversation on different occasions. All you fellow parents know, it is just about a month into the school year. My daughter is amazing. Funny, creative, caring, and smart (plus a pain in my booty). She has taken the big step from elementary school to middle school.
As I’ve watched her and helped her with her studies, she seems to be having a hard time. Like all children, she has some subjects she struggles with. The difference? She has some learning disabilities, leaving for some irritation on her part.
I’ve gotten her a tutor. Given her all the tricks I have. My fiancé and I constantly discuss her situation. I know, I know….what’s the point of this? There are several people who have learning disabilities and had to struggle through them. Learn to cope. Find ways to make life not so miserable due to this problem.
Something people need to realize that those we look up too. The ones who seem so far away in the spotlight we call fame. They have disabilities as well. I’ve done some research and found that these fighters who could take people out with a spin kick, have had to face this challenge as well.
Kurt Pellegrino grew up with trouble in reading and spelling. He found himself ridiculed for these learning disabilities. Something he found that he shined in, MMA. He flourished with taking on this. Making him stand out to those who once called him names want to take on work outs with him. He didn’t make it to college but he still worked hard until he became one of the pioneers of MMA.
Then, we have John Howard, who was diagnosed with clinical autism. He didn’t find this out until he was an adult. He grew up in special education, thinking he was only in there because he was stupid and slow.
This was a time when ADHD, autism, and other learning disabilities weren’t a “thing”. He’s even been quoted saying “It was the hardest, freakin’ scariest thing. I was getting teased every day” It got to the point where people were trying to beat him up. He did make it through. Becoming an MMA fighter.
It’s important for all of us to remember that everyone has a back story. Some have come forward to speak out about it. It’s empowering, especially to those in school, making them see that they aren’t alone. They will get through this pain. To keep their heads high. These things that others will look down upon, won’t keep them down.