I'm about to type out some very honest thoughts that may offend some people if I don't word them correctly... and I probably won't. That's never been my strong suit, so I apologize in advance.
I've been thinking a lot lately about "normies", as Dani (I'm just that way and that's just me) calls them. I used to get so upset by how normies reacted to Kekito, honestly it's still hard sometimes and surely always will be. I am beginning to realize that I totally was one, despite my own ADD related social struggles. I used to feel uncomfortable with people with special needs. I never disliked them, but I see now that I avoided social interaction, or kept it at a minimum. When I was a picture framer (at age 19) there was a hearing impaired couple that came in a few times. I was anxious when I'd see them walk up because I felt so bad not being able to communicate normally. I felt bad for their situation. I was afraid of doing anything offensive like talking to them, out of habit (they were unable to read lips). I was mostly thinking of myself, of course. It had never dawned on me how they felt about the way I acted.
I'm realizing more everyday how "normal" people with special needs are; how much they need normal daily interactions. Just like everyone else. There is a young man at my church with some developmental delay, maybe autism? I've found myself going out of my way to talk to him, and smile genuinely at him. Sadly, I would not have done that before... :( Then there's the hearing impaired cashier at our convenience store, that situation makes me crazy these days. There will be a long line, while hers is empty and she's just watching; waiting. I try to go to her line if I see her. She is truly SUCH a sweet person, but I feel like few others have the chance to notice.