Philip Caulfield, New York Daily News - June 20, 2013
Okay, if Mom thinks the new photo is better than the first, who am I to quibble? Her son is on longer waaaay off to the side in his wheelchair. Now he's in the front row, with his classmates, with no wheelchair in sight. Much better.
Miles is 7 years old, so I'm guessing it's unrealistic for me to think that he might wish to be shown in his wheelchair, just closer to the group? He's probably too young to be hip to the intricacies of disability pride at this stage. Later on, he may learn about and ponder what it means to him that President Roosevelt hid his disability, and what it means now that after some intense debate, we finally have a statue of him in his wheelchair.
On the other hand, I do think it's perfectly reasonable to wonder why the news stories about this class photo thing don't appear to have any input from Miles, himself. He isn't quoted or even attributed.
I guess I'm saying that I'm not satisfied. I have this weird feeling that the school didn't really learn what they should have learned from all of this. It's none of my business, though. Sometimes the personal really does trump the political.
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