My husband shared an article with me this evening in which John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete and global messenger, responded to Ann Coulter who published a rather distasteful remark via twitter during the Presidential debate on Monday, October 27, 2012. For those interested in reading Stephans full response can find the well-written article here.
I feel saddened that a highly perceptive individual who is deemed intellectually disabled by American society is unnecessarily labeled as incompetent, slow-witted and dependent. Yet Stephens response to Coulter’s harsh and biting words demonstrates that while some individuals may process life at a slow rater than what is considered ‘normal’ still engage with reality like the rest of us. While words are assumed to gloss over certain demographics, such as John Stephans, they do not miss their mark and their meaning(s) are certainly not misunderstood.
“No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much”.
– John Stephens