Bureaucrats

You look at me
But you don’t see me
You talk about me but not to me
You think you know all about me
But you deny my humanity
You think I don’t have wishes
You believe I don’t have plans
You don’t respect my basic rights
According to you I should be grateful
That I have a place to sleep
That I have three meals a day
If I say I want to go out
You ignore me
To you I am only a burden
Too disabled to have an opinion
To you I don’t count as a person
To you I am a case number
A problem
Something less than human
You come to my home
You look at me
You ignore me
I have a lot to say
But you won’t listen
You are the one losing your humanity.

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Amy Sequenzia is an Ollibean writer and Think Tank member. To read more articles by Amy please click here.

About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry.
Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

3 Comments

  1. Amy September 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  2. Kelly Sapp September 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Amy! This is MY heartbeat. Thank you for writing, for being the voice more beautiful, more eloquent than those with voices, for your voice is STRONG, it is CHANGING THINGS, and it is making a difference!

  3. Kelly Sapp September 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    ADD YOUR RESPONSE

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