An Open Letter to Parents Who Use the Term “Special Needs”

Kelly Dawson
5 min readApr 29, 2021

The majority of the disabled community wants you to just…stop.

An image of the California coast, with jagged rocks leading into the ocean and wild green plants and pink and yellow flowers at the edge.
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I’ve always loved advice columns. I remember reading the Dear Abby series in the local paper after my mom was finished, re-reading American Girl how-to books from cover to cover, and getting (questionable) tips from magazines as a teen. Advice is part of life. We all seek it out, whether we look for it…

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Kelly Dawson

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