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Albert Camus, Speaking of Normal

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” Advertisements

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Robert Rummel-Hudson, Speaking of Normal

“I don’t care what’s wrong with her,” she said. “If she can’t behave like a normal kid then she shouldn’t be out in public with the rest of us. Maybe you should have her institutionalized if she can’t do any … Continue reading

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Jodi Picoult, Speaking of Normal #4

When you have to try so hard to be normal, that means you’re not. Taken from “House Rules, by Jodi Picoult. Jacob is speaking, a teenager with Asperger’s.

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Jodi Picoult, Speaking of Normal #3

The only kids who use the sensory break room are special needs, and walking through the door, I might as well just slap a big fat label on myself that says I’m not normal. Taken from “House Rules, by Jodi … Continue reading

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Jodi Picoult, Speaking of Normal #2

“I’m pretty much useless: not Jacob’s parent, and not one of his teachers. I’m just here as the benchmark alternative, so that my mother can look from Jacob to me and measure the distance between an AS kid and a … Continue reading

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Jodi Picoult, Speaking of Normal

“Don’t move – don’t even breathe.” Normal kids ignored the statement; a few Goody Two-shoes worked quietly at their desks. And me? I sat like a statue with my lungs on fire, until I was on the verge of passing … Continue reading

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Dictionary.com, Speaking of Normal

Disability – a physical or mental handicap, especially one that prevents a person from living a full, normal life or from holding a gainful job.

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Paul Chamberlain, Speaking of Normal

All of this means that human beings – because of their very nature or essence – ought to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion – all of them, regardless of their age, race, gender, or ability to function “normally.” … Continue reading

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