Please Don't 'Ship' Me With Your Other Disabled Friends

Please don’t “ship” me with your other disabled friends. Shipping is a term derived from the word relationship and means a desire for two or more people, either real life or fictional (i.e.: in TV, film or literature) to enter into a romantic relationship. I have personally experienced this twice. Someone I know tells me they know someone who also has cerebral palsy, and therefore they think we are automatically a match made in heaven. While I know the people who attempt “shipping” have good intentions, making such assumptions can come off as rude and unempathetic. They think they are bringing two like-minded people together or giving them someone to relate to, but other than disability, the

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