As an autistic person, my life can be very hard, and my disability impacts me in so many ways.
What would it be like, to be a person with Down syndrome and hearing that you are the way that you are because of a mistake? To hear that you are defective? That you exist as the result of an "error"?
Calling people ableist, even when it's true, rarely results in productive conversation. So what do you do when someone says something awful? Here's a starting place.
I remember returning to my hometown, after years spent away. This is my story.