People with disabilities can often find themselves working twice or three times harder to keep up with non-disabled peers. When offered help or support, they can sometimes feel like they're cheating.
That's what happened when I was offered additional support at university for my dyslexia and I got things my peers did not. My educational psychologist said: Your whole life you've been playing football with everyone else, except you've been playing up a hill while others have not. All we're doing is ensuring you get to play on a level playing field.
I don't know who taught disabled people that they should be able to do the same as their able-bodied peers without additional support but what I do know is that each one of us holds the power to change our mindset and attitude and accept support when offered and it isn't cheating to level the playing field.
Your life, your choice!
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