I can honestly say that prior to my diagnosis of DRD, I don't recall a time when I went out in public and wasn't stared at. When I was a little girl and would complain about strangers not taking their eyes off my walking, my mom would quickly remark, "Their just looking because your so cute." Of course, I knew that wasn't the reason, but it made me forget about the gawker, even if for only a moment.
I have no doubt that most of the people who had a hard time taking their eyes off the girl with the spastic walk, were good people. I don't judge you or wish you ill will. I only ask that from this point on, you make a conscious effort to not stare at the adults or children who cannot control their physical limitations. The memories I have will be with me forever, but I'd love for the disabled children nowadays to be able to look back at their childhood and not remember receiving a long, blank stare.
Please feel free to check out the Facebook page I got this photo from. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Advocating-For-Cerebral-Palsy-Awareness/689521254394142