My Child Does Not Exist for Your Inspiration (Youth Sized Adult Shirt for Little People)

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This is a youth sized shirt for adult little people who are parents of a child with a disability.

There is nothing wrong with recognizing the inspiration that can come from the strength, joy and determination that people with disabilities have in facing challenges that are different from yours (they can be inspiring, just like anyone else). However, often people with disabilities are portrayed as being inspirational solely on the basis that they are doing normal everyday things while having a disability (i.e. "You are so brave for shopping for groceries when you have a disability, you are such an inspiration"). It comes off as pandering, it objectifies them, and is also dehumanizing.

People with disabilities do not exist for the purpose of inspiring able-bodied people (they have their own lives, and do not exist simply as an accessory to your life). Often when people say that people with disabilities inspire them, it inadvertently comes off as, "your life is so terrible, and must be such a burden, that it amazes me that you can even find the strength and joy to get out of bed in the morning and face the day and do normal things." For more about this perspective, and probably because I haven't explained it very well, adults should watch

A lightweight youth tee, made of 100% cotton (except for heather colors, which contain polyester). Comes pre-shrunk so the fit stays the same over time and multiple wash cycles.

• 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors have polyester)
• 30 singles
• Pre-shrunk
• Tubular construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder tape
• Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Size guide

  XS S M L XL
Length (inches) 21 22 ½ 24 25 26 ½
Width (inches) 16 17 18 19 20

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