I walk pass the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Capitol- everyday and that never gets old.
|Here's a panorama I took of the Capitol's ceiling|
I have also come across challenges during my stay. Regardless of these challenges, there's always something to learn and take away from those situations. I'm compelled to express this experience as I want others to learn to never say this to a person with a disability.
A few weeks ago I was in the elevator with a man and woman who were carrying two bikes. They made general conversation with me, asking about my scooter and whether I can ride a bike. I proceeded to talk about my training and how I used cycling as a vital part to excel in swimming. The woman then asked what my disability was and I said Muscular Dystrophy. I thought the man and woman were extremely friendly and nice until the woman said- "God can cure you only if you let him." Surprised, I told them how I am blessed to have an incredible life, but the couple kept telling me (in the elevator) that God can cure me only if I let him. I understand that the couple meant well and wanted to see me "out of pain," but from a disability perspective, saying that God can cure me only if I let him, only implies to those disabled that we're broken and not fully human. It is very degrading and only enables the disability medical model within society- that every person that is disabled needs to be cured. We are not broken people, but rather full, human beings. If that situation occurs again, I encourage everyone with a disability to simply say that we are perfect in God's eyes...because it's true.