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Patronizing Voice

“You know that higher pitched voice people often use when talking to a 4 year old? People will use that same voice when speaking to me, even though I’m an adult. It makes me feel patronized almost like they are putting themselves above me. For some reason, there is this assumption if I have a special need, then I also have the intelligence of a child. This can even be true for those of us with a physical disability. And while some neurological diagnoses can hamper verbal processing, this is hardly true for the vast majority. I wish people would talk with me as they would any other adult.”
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