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Kids’ Funniest Reactions to My Being in a Wheelchair

A greyscale picture of two little girls laughing
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Kids are the most unintentionally hilarious creatures on Earth.

An evolutionary oddity of our species is that we gain the ability to speak long before our social filters and impulse controls form. Along these lines, disability is a difficult concept to explain to a child. Many kids see me in my wheelchair and think, “Hey, that’s different!” They also feel compelled to share…




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Matthew B. Johnson

Matthew B. Johnson

I’m a Sacramento-based writer, English professor, track coach, C-5 incomplete quadriplegic, diehard 49ers fan, comic book geek, and lover of all things coffee.

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