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Uncalled-for excuses are practical confessions.

Charles Simmons

Why Do We Apologize?

Whether we realize it or not, we do a lot of apologizing on behalf of people with disabilities, and many individuals who have disabilities apologize for themselves on a regular basis. Whether these apologies come in the form of excuses, explanations, or regret, they’re unnecessary, at best, and harmful, at worst.

During the first few times my friend, Tom, and I were together, he routinely said, “I’m sorry,” numerous times. When we left a room, I held the door for him. As he wheeled through, he looked up and said, “I’m sorry.” When he dropped something on the floor and I retrieved it for him, he threw out another, “I’m sorry.”

Why did he do this? After I got to know him a little better, I asked him, and his response stunned me! “Ever since I was little,” he said​ . . . Click here to continue.


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