Derek's abilities are amazing. Where, precisely, do they come from? I am struck by the profound contradiction between the language on the page, which calls Derek's talent "innate," and details of Adam Ockelford's actual presentation.
I thought about the pity people show toward Bud and his limitations, and I thought about how little Bud pities himself. I wondered who gets to decide what's considered a limitation and what's considered a strength.
When the lady with the blue folder walked in my room, I instinctively knew that folder she held in her hand was full of definitions, statistics and medical jargon. Wasn't being told your child had Down syndrome enough to process for one day?