14 Wonderful, Unique and Funny Ways Kids Have Explained Disability

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At The Mighty, we know that sometimes kids can offer us a brand new perspective on the world. So, we decided to ask our readers who are parents to share some of the wonderful, unique and funny things their kids have said about their disability.

These were your answers:

1. “‘I’m not Autistic, I’m Cara.’ My now 9-year-old daughter said that when someone called her autistic instead of saying she had autism. Well played, baby girl. Well, played.” – Kim Vivanco

2. “My cousin says she has ‘Up syndrome’ because she’s happy, not sad.” – Cassie Collins

3. “My oldest son is in fourth grade and decided he couldn’t do his math homework because of autism. Nice try, kiddo.” – Stephanie France Fry

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4. “My husband’s student once said, ‘I know I’m special, but why do they call me Ed?’ – Liz Gorgue Rosas

5. “My 3-year-old daughter tells others she has ‘terrible palsy.’ One of these days she’ll be able to pronounce ‘cerebral,’ but today is not that day.” – Ashley Mobley

6. “Another child asked my daughter what her hearing aids were for. She responded, ‘They are like glasses for my ears!’” – Kerri Goff

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7. “My 4-year-old daughter overheard her father and me talking about her autism diagnosis. She turned and looked at us and enthusiastically yelled, ‘I awesome!’ Best mispronunciation she has ever made.” — Kendra Hopkins

8. “Our daughter sometimes wears a gastric drain bag to empty food that is too much for her to handle. She gets a lot of questions and stares. Once, when she was about 6 years old, a woman after a long hard stare said ‘OK, I have to ask, what the heck is that?’ Our daughter, without skipping a beat replied, ‘It’s my own personal slushy, you want to try some?’ I could have exploded trying to hold in my laughter. ” — Kate Sytsma

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9. “Our oldest son, Xavier said to a friend, ‘My brother, Cooper, has autism. Do you know what that means?’

Friend: ‘No.’

Xavier: ‘It means he likes his hotdogs not touching his French fries and that we give him extra time getting out of the car.’

Friend: ‘That’s cool.’

Xavier: ‘You know what else is cool about autism?’

Friend: ‘What?’

Xavier: ‘Everything. Especially Cooper.’”  Makenna Dubay

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10. “My son has worn ankle-foot orthotics for years. He used to be embarrassed and hide them under pants. If someone would say something he would cry. Then, one day, he chose to wear shorts. He was asked by a child what happened to his legs and he said, without hesitation, ‘I fell off a cliff and lived to tell about it.’ The child’s eyes got big and then he walked away, and I turned my head and just about choked through my laughing. Through the sarcasm, my son turned a corner on his disability!” — Julie Bayles

11. “One year at camp another camper asked my daughter, ‘Why do you use a wheelchair?’ to which she replied, ‘Because I’m awesome.’ When that response wasn’t enough, the kid looked at a counselor and said, ‘No, really, why does she use that?’ The counselor then said, ‘Because she gets tired quicker than you… and because she’s awesome.’” — Alexis Snyder

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12. “I have tics, and I don’t mean the bugs.” —  Kristy Madden Kassebaum

13. “My brothers and I all have autism, but this was my youngest brother’s way of explaining his Asperger’s syndrome:  ‘If my dad’s head was a golf ball, my head would be a beach ball.’ Nobody understood what he meant except him and me, and that’s all that matters.” — Hannah Walker

14. “God had to level the playing field a bit for everyone else, so he gave me spina bifida.” — Jake Siem

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Best Thing I Have Seen All Day!

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Wish I could show you on my blog what gave me a laugh. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to post a Vine other than giving you the link. (If anyone out there knows how, please tell me!) However, I will give you a hint: there is a cat involved! (Not much of a surprise there! 🙂 )

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

https://vine.co/v/enxuWhadEKP/embed/simple

 

Trump Your Cat

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Found this on Instagram and had to “shair”. (Seems all the cool cats know: Donald Trump -meh…. That hair? Purr-icless!)

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1.Brush your cat 2.Form the hair you brushed into a toupee 3.Place toupee on cat and 📷 4.Share & tag @trumpyourcat, DM, or #trumpyourcat >^.~.^<

"I don't get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people" - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @ironelisa on twitter @trumpyourcat

"Boycott @Macys and @Univision. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"- @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @beepie

"Laziness is a trait in blacks" (and long haired tabby cats) - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @dustandstars. Follow @trumpyourcat on twitter too >^.~.^<

"I have never seen a thin person drinking diet Coke" - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @movielous

"I do not wear a wig, my hair is 100% mine." @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @puckthemodel

"See the way they're kissing your ass already? That's what happens when you're a boss." @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @sara._.mari

"Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad." @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @sumares

"The beauty of me is that I'm very rich" @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @spongemom >^.~.^<

😹 @trumpyourcat on @washingtonpost this afternoon http://wapo.st/1Mk7GDP

"All of the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously - that's to be expected." @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @thecatball

"You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] writes as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass" - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @evilgeniud

@realdonaldtrump "HILLARY PRESIDENCY WILL CAUSE ‘CRIME WAVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN" 📷 via @mrmeowwy

@realDonaldTrump: Stop saying I went bankrupt. I never went bankrupt 📷 via @oskar_the_blind_cat

@realDonaldTrump: Univision apologized to me but I will not accept their apology. I will be suing them for a lot of money. 📷 via @mrmeowy

@realDonaldTrump: I appreciate the GOP candidates who remain strong on border security. They know I am right. 📷 via @whenwillallthis

"Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser." - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @melmcclure

"I have so many websites. I have them all over the place. I hire people ... it costs me three dollars." - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @clgordonwrites

"An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud." - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @lashernation

"We have a 5 billion dollar website. I have so many websites ... I hire people. They do a website. It costs me three dollars." - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @yaycha

"When was the last time anyone saw us beating, let's say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time" - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @jakebot9000

“It’s freezing and snowing in New York. We need global warming!” - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @mandiwebb78 #trumpyourcat

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” - @realdonaldtrump 📷 via @learntoread

"The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems. Thank you. It's true." - @realdonaldtrump

"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words." - @realdonaldtrump

That Is Love

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Inspirational QuoteWhat do I love about this inspirational quote? It is about all kinds of love: romantic, friendship, empathetic. Watching your child laugh and play can fill your heart. Your cat purring with contentment can do the same. A stranger dancing with joy at a concert makes you love the show all the more. When you can fill your life with love and happiness just by feeling it through another, you have won the love lottery.  ❤

Important Brain-Immune System Link Discovery

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As someone with ME, and as someone with a daughter on the Autism Spectrum, this discovery is one of the most important medical events in recent history. Times are changing and researchers are finally picking up the pace studying neuro-immune issues. As my ME progresses, the hope for better understanding of the disease and better treatments may see fruition. Many with ME, MS, and Autism, to mention some of the many misunderstood neuro-immune diseases suffered by millions, might see a flicker at the end of the tunnel.

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“They’ll have to change the textbooks.”  This statement, by Kevin Lee, PhD, Chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, is the result of a study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.   The study, awarded to the UVA Health System and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has shown there are heretofore undetected lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.

Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA's discovery. Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery.

Researchers knew there was a connection between the brain and immune system, but the vessels were completely hidden.  Now, there are many new angles to exploring neurological disease.

This is a stunning discovery.  It is difficult to explain how these vessels in the brain were overlooked when the lymphatic system was explored.  New avenues of discovery are now possible and beneficiaries might be MS, Autism, Alzheimer’s and maybe even…

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21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

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Happy Hug Your Cat Day! I found this article on “BuzzFeed” and it is so cute I couldn’t pass it up! It made me smile right through my migraine! (That says a lot!) And even though I never need a reason to hug my cats, a celebration is a celebration! So, let’s celebrate!

Hey, where did all of my cats go?…

Anyway, thank you to Chelsea Marshall for a great article!

1. You probably already know this but: your cat is the frickin’ best.

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2. Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

3. They deal with your B.S..

They deal with your B.S..

4. They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

5. It doesn’t matter if it’s your hand…

It doesn't matter if it's your hand...

6. …or your head…

...or your head...

7. …it’s always adorable.

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8. Your cat always knows when you need an extra pick-me-up.

Super cute big cat hug

(Because they let you pick them up).

9. They almost always listen to your drunken tirades…

i love this picture because my friend is having a drunken discussion with a cat...and the cat is completely interested

10. …because they are so very patient.

...because they are so very patient.

11. They welcome even the smallest members of your family.

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12. And continue to surprise you with their compassion.

13. Even when you say, “I’m fine”…

Even when you say, "I'm fine"...

they know when you need that extra TLC.

they know when you need that extra TLC.

14. Your cat is there for you during break-ups…

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15. …and early-morning wake-ups.

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16. They’re an epic support system when you need them.

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17. Also, there’s the adorable factor.

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JUST LOOK AT THIS AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT IN.

18. Sometimes they don’t like asking for it…

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19. But they’re ALWAYS deserving of it.

But they're ALWAYS deserving of it.

EVEN when they are a pain in the butt.

20. Because your cat just GETS you.

Because your cat just GETS you.

21. ❤ And deserves all the love in the world. ❤

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Now go hug your cat! 🙂

The Latest Update on Florida’s Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana- finally legalized in Florida after tons of red tape (Republican red). But when will it be available? And for whom? One may never know. More on this by Sunshinebright!

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Medical marijuana has been one of the most contentious topics in the news these past couple of years.

State legislators can pass laws regarding “legalizing” this plant, but our federal government still considers it an illegal drug, and possession and/or use of it can still cause arrest, trials in court, and jail time for those persons caught in this illegal act by federal authorities.

In Florida, the legislature passed a bill in 2014, legalizing medical marijuana, in the hopes of avoiding a state constitutional amendment in the next election in 2016.  There are contents in the bill that caused a legal battle, setting back the activation of the new law.  (Please see my other posts about Florida medical marijuana here and here and here.)

Splashed over many headlines today, May 28th, 2015, is the announcement that Florida Administrative Hearings Judge Watkins, rejected claims by an Orange…

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