Geez, its been a while since I wrote on here. But with the month I've had, I think this will do me some good to write.
Lets bring back definitions if thats okay
The first definition for sympathy that comes up is feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune, While empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
So why am I bringing this up?
Because I believe the vast majority of people try to have sympathy for those with disabilities rather than empathy. The main reason people do not even try to empathize with people with disabilities is because we are seen as different and possible do not have the same feelings when it comes to navigating life. The fact is that ALL HUMANS think and have certain feelings when it comes to life regardless of a disability in this world. Just think of it this way, if suddenly you became disabled, would you want people to feel bad for your condition or just treat you like they did before you were disabled. The majority of people would vote for the latter.
If you can not understand just ask, its that simple and more than likely will not offend anyone.
This took a lot less time and words than I thought today, but maybe as I work out scheduling for interviews for the podcast, I may write a little more.
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum