Thank you Kerry Daniels for keeping Americans thinking down the same old familiar paths about disabled people. 

It’s easy to make fun of them.  After all, they are nobody.  They aren’t worth anything.

Well, Kerry, I am disabled just like someone who is born with a mental deficiency or birth defect is.  I have Tourette’s syndrome.


Thank you Kerry Daniels for keeping Americans thinking down the same old familiar paths about disabled people. 
It’s easy to make fun of them.  After all, they are nobody.  They aren’t worth anything.
Well, Kerry, I am disabled just like someone who is born with a mental deficiency or birth defect is.  I have Tourette’s syndrome. 
I tried to work with it for many years, but the progression was too great and my treatment at the time was not sufficient.
I was made fun of daily for for my vocalizations and tic behaviors. 
They mocked my vocal tics.  Someone left a note on the company truck that called me a freak.
I went to my supervisor with it, but that only made the problem worse.  The taunts continued and I was labeled as a fink and someone who couldn’t be trusted.
Eventually, my disease progressed to where I couldn’t function anymore.  I was let go and was requested to seek disability.  They didn’t even give me a cake after sixteen years!  It took fourteen months, but I did get full disability.
The whole process gave me a lot more empathy and love for those in similar situations. 
I have always backed up my friends at school who were made fun for one thing or another.
We live in a culture that promotes bullying. That my friends, has got to stop!
Kerry, when our vets start coming home from the hospitals with brain traumas,  is it going to be alright to call them that word too?  I don’t think so.
James R. Hall
Camdenton