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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Parisa Khosravi

October 18, 2017

"My son is wise beyond his years, even if from the outside you might have a different perception.

Below is Payam's full message written on the alphabet board, it took about five minutes for him to spell it out letter by letter:

"I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO SEES THIS AND BEGINS TO SHIFT THEIR PERSPECTIVE TO HAVE MORE BELIEF IN ALL OF HUMANITY."

How many times have we been told not to judge a book by its cover? How often do we fail and completely judge others based on what we think is "normal" or acceptable? How do we know what they are thinking or feeling, if they are not able to tell us in the ways that we are used to? Why do we presume to know their cognitive levels or what they will be capable of in life? Who are we to judge?"

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