This post really works into the rhetoric of those who are abled bodied, and those who aren’t “able bodied”, heck, even the term “able-bodied” refers to the abilities of the majority. But, I wouldn’t say that empathy is what’s lacking; it implies that these individuals are asking for pity and recognition of their abilities. Rather, I feel that acceptance and education are in lacking. The problem I feel lies with campaigns like “Autism Awareness Month”, as if people aren’t aware of Autism? We’re also accustomed to making these campaigns and decisions without asking those affected, which is not just a problem; it’s part of the mindset that sets us further from acceptance and allyship. I appreciate how well you broke down the reasons behind our defensiveness due to how we’ve been accustomed to perceive those with different abilities; lesser than; we should feel sorry that they, for example, cannot walk or speak like someone else can. It’s an issue, and I think that this article puts it into another perspective; the side of the, oppressor in this case, being an epidemic; rather than the side of the marginalized.