Simone Aspis: Low Aspirations
Here Simone talks about her parents’ aspirations for her.
TranscriptI always was complaining a lot about being in a special school, an awful lot I was complaining. My parents unfortunately did not listen to me and I used to complain about the fact I found my school boring, the fact that why was I here, you know, segregated from other children and why wasn’t I not got the same opportunities as my brother.
Unfortunately my mum and dad saw that as me behaving badly so they would write reports saying I’d behaved badly. I got the sense that they were always – you know, a sense of that there was a much more concentration on helping my brother to achieve than myself because I was a disabled person, a) because I was a disabled person and because I was also a disabled girl which doesn’t always help in the Jewish community. I think they had a lot more higher aspirations for my brother, they didn’t really have very much aspirations for me at all.
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