My brother, Sean, was spoiled for his birthday with a sibling lunch date and cake with family, but that wasn't the end of it.

My brother, Sean, was spoiled for his birthday with a sibling lunch date and cake with family, but that wasn't the end of it.

Over the weekend, we had another celebration with Sean's friends and enjoyed a few rounds of bowling.

Like everyone else, Sean has friends he met through different means, whether it be school, his bowling group or the autism group at the YMCA.

Most of his friends already knew each other from being involved with one or more of those groups, but a few of them were new.

It didn't matter that they just met. They were having a blast and were even helping each other out if needed.

That will always be one of my favorite qualities people with disabilities have. No matter the circumstances, whether they just met you or have known your for years, they accept everyone.

I wish every person could learn from that and do the same. There's no reason for anyone to be singled out because they are “different.”

It really gets under my skin when people give you strange looks because you're out with someone who clearly needs extra help, as if you just infected the world with a disease.

Why must people look down on others for having a disability? If it was their child, I know for a fact they would expect everyone to treat their child with respect.

So what's the difference between your child having a disability or someone else's child having one? Absolutely nothing.

People who are outside of the immediate family, even other relatives, try to think they can tell you how to “solve the problem.”

What they aren't understanding is that all individuals with disabilities and their families want is acceptance. It doesn't get any simpler.

Two things that will always remain the same when you're around people with disabilities are acceptance and a good time.

I have never been around a person with disabilities who didn't accept me for me and I will never treat them any differently.

There's no reason anyone can't accept them for who they are.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com