Shamla Maharaj, photographed at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay.

Giving birth to a child with any type of disability is not the worst thing that can happen to you. The child’s very life and presence isn’t about you, they are separate and apart from you and your ego.

Not respecting the order of the universe enough to accept, celebrate, respect and love the child fully is actually the worst thing that can happen to the child and to you.

In a truly just world being disabled wouldn’t really matter, being human would.


Laura Escayg