Physical vs Mental Differences By Leah

Even though people are often hard on individuals with differences, they are usually harder on those with mental differences than they are on those with physical differences. For example, people are often hard on those with physical differences, but they can be really hard on those with mental differences.  They can’t usually see mental differences, so they don’t really understand them. In the book Rules, by Cynthia Lord, there is a boy named Jason who is both physically and mentally different. On page 20, there is a quote that really stunned me when I read it. It said “Jason’s jaw is a little crooked, not as perfect as I drew. But if I draw how it really is, it might look like I made a mistake. In the presentation that Grace Bourne did she said her brother, Mac, is non-verbal and he can’t go to a regular school he needs to go to a school for special needs. Another example, mental differences you can’t see so it’s hard to know if they have it or not. In the book, Ryan teases David with an empty gum wrapper. When that happens I feel so bad because David did nothing wrong. Picking on someone with mental differences can mean a lot to that person even if it means nothing to the other. Finally, People with any differences should be treated the same as any person without it. I personally don’t think it’s fair to treat people so harshly especially people with differences. All people should be treated the same way with or without differences. Some people treated David poorly and I thought it wasn’t right. Just because someone has differences doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings about things.

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