Brueggeman’s article struck me as not only an incredible woman’s life story, but also a very eye opening experience.  The fact that so many individuals hide their disability from the public eye never actually crossed my mind.  This idea forced me to re-look at the people in my life, wondering who might be just like Brueggeman and experiencing a similar situation.  In all honestly, the piece made me feel ashamed that I’ve always just assumed my peers to be completely able persons.  The fact that the kid I sit next to in Biochemistry might be hiding an auditory or visual disability and struggling just to take notes is quite humbling, and makes me feel bad for all the distractions my friends and I cause during lecture.

                The discussion over “coming out” was very powerful to me as well.  One of my good friends is homosexual, and had a similar experience with his “coming out” freshman year.  The similarities were striking and thought provoking because I never made such a powerful connection between the two.  I witnessed some of the difficulties he had to go through, and can only imagine Brueggeman must have struggled through similar difficulties.  I also found similarities between his “passing” in the heterosexual community prior to the coming out and Brueggeman’s “passing” as a non-disabled person.

                Based on the readings provided, I feel that the meaning of “to pass” implies a person with a disability shielding his or her disability from the public eye, integrating into a non-disabled culture.  As Montgomery comments, it’s when you look at someone with a disability and say “’I can’t see what barriers she faces’” (Montgomery).  The author also comments about how this means their disability is their problem to deal with and overcome, because no one else can notice it.  I agree that this is unfair, and that even the “invisibly disabled” deserve the same rights and accessibility that others in the disabled community have.  Finally, by encouraging others, whether they’re friends, peers, or a complete stranger, to pick between passing or overcoming their disability, I feel that you are taking away their freedom as an individual to cope with it not only how they want, but in the way best fit for them.   

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