Brittany Adler, 24, currently volunteers at a hippotherapy clinic, where she helps children with disabilities. She also has a bachelor's degree in exercise science and used her expertise to counsel inner-city children in Atlanta, Georgia.
Adler also has dystonia, a condition that gives her abnormal muscle contractions, which makes it difficult for her to control her speech and movement.
Recently, she was at a restaurant and tried to ask for gingered Brussels sprouts, but the cashier couldn’t understand her order. The cashier simply gave Adler a strange look and walked away.
"I turned back and was like, 'Hello? Hello?' [and] with no response from anyone, I turned back to my friend and said, 'Let's go,’" Adler told A+. “We left in total confusion."
Adler and her friend went to another restaurant, where she expressed her frustration in the form of a letter.
The letter read: “Hi, my name is Brittany Adler. I am 24 years old. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Health Science. I plan on getting my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I also happen to have Dystonia, a condition that affects my muscle tone and speech. Just because I have this disability doesn’t mean I should be disrespected. It is a good thing that I am a strong individual otherwise, I would have been devastated. With that being said, everyone, including people with disabilities, should be respected equally…even though it may be harder to understand them. You should never give up on people. Everyone has something to say! Sincerely, Brittany”
Adler took her letter back to the restaurant, and every employee, including the cashier and management, read it.
"They were extremely apologetic," she said.
The cashier apologized, and the chef tearfully told Adler his daughter was disabled.
"I can't blame [the employee] for not being exposed to different types of people,” she said. "I [just wanted to make] sure that they knew it's not OK to ignore people for any reason.”
Brittany has since created a Facebook page to spread awareness for disabilities.
"I choose to live life the way I want to despite my dystonia,” she said.