"We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."
-- Barack Obama, April 11, 2008
This sort of attitude is hurtful.
I'm not saying it to be melodramatic. I genuinely feel that way.
Hurt that the leader of our country would make people with disabilities, people like my son, a punchline.
On national television.
So Mr. President, if you are reading this, I would ask you to take this situation and turn into something good. Look into the television cameras and admit that you screwed up. Tell America that the kids on the short bus are so much more than a punchline. They are hardworking heroes.
That sort of change is the change we need.