In this moment, Jen Wahl was doing her live shot when I accidentally peered my head out from behind my computer screen.
Yup. It's true.
One of the highlights of my time in high school had to be creating my Senior English video project. This gave me the opportunity to turn the short story I wrote in the hospital into a short film.
From France to Florida, these incidents are becoming all too familiar, but this one hit particularly close to home for me.
The other day when I was having lunch with my mom, she told me about a horrible phone conversation she had with an employee working with Social Security.
As a new retiree, my mom was calling the Social Security Administration to see what she needed to do to start her social security payments.
But what started out as a cordial conversation, turned into a heated debate.
At the beginning of the conversation, the employee was asking my mom some demographic information to prepare her application. The process was going normally until he asked her if she had any children with disabilities.
As a person with a disability, I have learned to successfully navigate the wonderful world of awkward situations.
Whether I'm out grocery shopping or at the movies with friends, it's not out of the ordinary to be thrusted into uncomfortable experiences. From the painfully piercing stares from toddlers, to inappropriate remarks from strangers, I've seen and heard them all.
Over the past 18 years of using an electric wheelchair, I've bumbled and lumbered my way through experiences and have become an expert in the excruciating.
With this incredible wealth of knowledge, I'm offering these 10 things to consider when you meet someone with a disability: