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JUNE 23, 1997

Opinion

Reach out to special people

special people It's hard to believe that in today's society, with all the exposure that handicapped people are now getting, that people with mental disabilities are still misunderstood. Being misunderstood can hurt so much, but there is only so much one person can do. That is why I think people in our community should reach out more to people with this disability.
   It's not easy for them and there is a lot that they can't help. When parents abandon them and leave them at hospitals, it's even harder. Some parents even give them up for adoption. Some find it difficult to make friends.
   I have a thirteen-year-old sister who has more than one mental illness. It gets difficult sometimes, yes, but knowing someone is there can make it even easier. They have much pain inside, they don't reach out because they're afraid of being made fun of. I think we should reach out to these special people to let them know that someone cares.

Jessica Bart, Bothell