This post strikes my heart. My son is “high-functioning” most of the time – until he’s not. He can “pass” most of the time – until he can’t. His disibility is invisible – until it isn’t. When he’s overwhelmed, he looses his words – shuts down a little, falls apart a little – and it takes time to climb back up and put the pieces back together. He’s not quite 7.
Not giving others the respect and dignity they deserve as HUMAN BEINGS, simply because it seems like they’re not aware that they “deserve it” is criminal and pathetically sad.
If we Presume Competence, everybody wins.