Watch Penny perform her poem. She sends out a powerful message about respect and equality.
TREAT ME WITH RESPECT
When you have learning difficulties
You get called bad names
People just don't see me,
The way I really am.
It makes me feel cut off
As if no one wants me around
But deep within me I know that's untrue
I do have belief in myself
And my own self-respect
If people could just see who I really am
And treat me as an equal
Then they would know the real me
I'm no different to anyone else
I just need the respect I deserve
And the future will be OK
So think carefully before you scorn me
With your bigoted, ignorant attitudes
I am a person in my own right
As others who have a learning difficulty
We should all be united as one equal
Out with prejudice! Out with ignorance!
Respect and tolerance is what we need
And this is what we are going to get
If we fight for what we want
Those who choose to remain against us
With their scorn and derision
Are their own worst enemy!
Written by Penny Lepisz, The Misfits Theatre Company