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Last week was a week from hell at work, and I didn’t get much done. No one else did because our computers were not working. I figured this week had to be better. So far, for the most part; today has been better. I can and have done my work. As a matter of fact, I have gone above and beyond expectations.  Hence, the reason I am using the last 20 minutes of my day to write this post.

Recently, because of the many projects that I assist with here, I found out that an employee left the agency. I went to talk to one of the executive directors to see if her position was still open and if I could apply. After all, I do have the experience, skills, and credentials. It turns out; they filled the position already. Okay, so I breathed in and swallowed my disappointment. I told the director to keep me in mind for future open positions. She said she would. But for some reason, she also felt it necessary to tell me that they are hiring a Human Resources professional from outside. They already have the position; the agency is just awaiting the funds for their salary. I am sitting here, I have a Master’s in Human Resources, have Human Resources experience, I know the agency…yet I wasn’t even notified about the opening.

I am saying all of this because I am wondering whether I am the appropriate person to write this blog. No one has ever had the expectations that I would succeed. Perhaps my birthmother’s brother had the right idea when he tried to pay the doctor to “get rid of me.” I thought that only ignorant people considered people with disabilities as worthless and incapable. The longer I am in the workforce, however, the more I am beginning to realize that this is an acceptable societal mindset.

I watched the Stella Young’s Ted Talk this weekend. I agree with her. I hate disability porn. But if by definition disability porn is praising people with disabilities for doing ordinary, everyday activities, maybe if I become successful it won’t be disability porn. Apparently, a person with a disability living successfuly is not everyday, ordinary occurrence but rare and surprising.  Perhaps even inspiring.