Sharon M. Draper's Out Of My Mind

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“2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks and mobility. 6.5 million people use a cane, a walker, or crutches to assist with their mobility”. Every single day, people varying in ages, struggle to live their lives due to conditions out of their control. Whether it be life threatening or not, it can have effects that are both socially and emotionally harming. Although some of them may change appearances on the outside, other people cannot forget that all people, not matter the disability, have brains and personalities of their own that may not be seen to the human eye. The book Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, shares the story of Melody, a girl who is much more than her cerebral palsy: she is brilliant. …show more content…

Draper, makes me wonder what it would be like to live in her shoes for a day. In the novel, Melody expresses the frustrations of the obstacles she deals with in her every day life, whether it be at school or at home. From the outside perspective, Melody looks like she is just a kid with a disability, but she is much more. Melodies intelligence is hidden behind the mask of her condition. The majority of people would not be able to recognize this about her, and would end up going ahead and judging her for something she has no control over. People need to understand that Melody, along with others have feelings too and can get hurt with words. Anyone could learn a valuable lesson from Melody, as I have learned to be more appreciative for a voice and legs that can walk. The human race needs to realize that they should not be wasting their voice on making fun of other people and should not be wasting mobility on physically hurting others. People no matter their state of health are still people, and it should not matter if they have a disability: “a person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart!” (23). ***CLOSING

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