A few weeks ago we introduced you to our good friend Andrew Bob Hammer Ducky Harris.
Andrew was preparing to summit the Grand Teton in Jackson, Wyoming with his future brother-in-law Max Hammer. In late August, after an awe-inspiring demonstration of perseverance and ability they made it. Numerous publications have covered the story and a documentary is in the works, but to us these words by Max Hammer are the most important takeaway from the trip.
“Let me put it this way I’ve never had a deep relationship with someone with down syndrome until Andrew. I had some surface level interactions with friends in high school and growing up. Having known Andrew I can say every day with him and every activity together is elevated by his presence. He never takes away and it’s never a chore. It’s an equal relationship for both of us. We’re friends and brothers first and foremost, the down syndrome is way down the list.”
This brings us to the larger point of this article
Likely in your general classes in college you had an overly politically correct professor who called you out every time you said something that wasn’t PC. You shrugged it all off as the professor being a twat and you being ridiculed for something that wasn’t even worth taking a second to think about. Well, today within the context of Ducky’ accomplishing something more rugged than anything you’ve ever dreamed about, let’s take a second to think about what you say and how it affects others.
Hold on, we’re two paragraphs in and I haven’t seen any expletives yet. What the shit?
We know you come to here for the lolz, but the entire reason we take the approach to writing that we do is with the goal of making you think about things that aren’t typically on your radar. Just like we want you to give a shit about looking good and having a fire Tinder game, we also want you to give a shit about empowering those without power.
We’re not here to tell you what to think, but we are here to make sure that you have as much information as possible to come to your own conclusions. So, with this in mind, take a moment to listen to some chodes on the internet (us) share quick lesson on the importance of the phrase “differing ability”. Despite how you feel about the subject, at the very least we hope we can save you from slipping up in conversation and looking like a complete asshole.
The lesson is simple, think about the person first and then the disability
- “He is a disabled person” = Wrong
- A person is not defined by their disability.
- “He has a disability” = Better, but you’re still wrong
- It still insinuates a lack of ability.
- “He is of a differing ability” = Congratulations, you’re no longer an asshole
- Take what Andrew did for example; he may have down syndrome but he climbed the Grand Teton and to be honest, we’re far too big of a pussies to climb it.
Now go watch Ducky slay way harder than you ever have!