Growing up, I would see the look. My mother taught special ed for many years, and when I accompanied her students on field trips, I was sensitive to how adults in the world would react facially, and then vocally, when encountering her pupils and realizing they had special challenges. It was so common, I began to interpret it as a natural response: The strangers were putting these kids in a different mental box.
Other members of my family have taught children who have special needs, and I again have seen the look. I have a nephew who has a disability and another relative who has special needs, and I observed carefully when they were children, and was sensitive to the degree to which they were treated differently, with a certain otherness.
Which all contributes to how heartily I applaud the Pixar filmmakers behind 2003’s Finding Nemo and now the sequel Finding Dory.
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