Superficial circumstances, especially ones as obvious as physical disability, can obscure who a person really is. But humanity should be shared, not allocated in increments based on privilege or experiences. And since able-bodied privilege is one of the most unrecognizable forms of privilege in society, today we’re going to talk about ten ways that you can avoid ableism in everyday life.
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Originally published on Let’s Queer Things Up! and cross-posted here with his permission. I won’t beat around the bush: Mental illness has pushed me to the edge many, many times. There were times when I was so detached from reality, it necessitated urgent and even drastic interventions to bring me back. There were times when the pain […]
If you want to make your disability known, go ahead! It’s a really important part of our lives and you should feel proud to embrace it. If you want to pass, rock on! It’s nice not to have to deal with ableist BS once in a while. No matter what you decide, remember that your disability doesn’t define you – online or offline.
A lot of ignorance exists around sex and disability, especially regarding media portrayals involving providers of commercial sex.The problem lies in the way it’s presented, encouraging the audience to gawk and giggle. At the end of the day, no one is actually meant to perceive disabled people as desirable. So yes, getting laid is awesome, but it isn’t the end-all, be-all for everyone.
Cure-focused narratives promote the harmful idea that disabled people’s bodies and lives are less valuable because of their identity.
Ever thought about how the US education system adds to stigma against mental illness and disability? Here are some ideas for what to do about it.
“Do I come to your job and tell you how to do it?” Actually, yes. Here’s how able bodied people cross disabled people’s boundaries in really hurtful ways.
Are you using casual ableism in your everyday language? Many people do without realizing the impact of what they’re saying – so here’s Annie Elainey to clear things up.
There are lots of great ways to support your disabled students – but kids are still having the painful experiences that this author suffered through in school. Here are the preventable acts of ableism that she faced.
It’s illegal and oppressive to discriminate against service dogs – so how did this author and his partner almost end up homeless? These common examples of ableism are so damaging.
Did you know there’s a term for what can make folks with anxiety, autism, ADHD, or OCD unable to get things done? It’s not about being “lazy” – here’s what you need to know about what’s really going on.
Some of these come from good intentions – and all of them are things you might not have considered if you’re able-bodied. What would you add to the list?
Many feminists want to work towards justice for people with disabilities, but how often do we stop and think about how we might be perpetuating ableism in our everyday lives?
Should we be treating mental illness more like we treat physical illness? This is said to address mental health stigma, but here’s why it’s not helping.
We’re all raised in a society that’s built on ableist values that are also linked to white supremacy, capitalism, and colonization, which is why the people we love sometimes have oppressive views.
Ever been called out for hurtful language? We see this all the time – someone gets called out for using a common ableist word, and responds with dismissal. Kat Blaque has what you need to know to move past the discomfort and make a change.
Privilege checklists are a great introduction – but they fail to go deeper than a “first look” at privilege, and that can sometimes get in the way. Here’s why we have to acknowledge how disability intersects other identities.
You know it’s bad when an autistic person dreads every Autism Awareness Month. Let’s do better as allies with these tips.
Our daughter is Autistic. With the right accommodations and supports, she can have everything she wants out of life – but there’s a lot to do as parents between now and adulthood. So how do we go about raising a confident young woman in an ableist world? I think that the answer lies at the intersection of supporting feminism and destroying ableism.
#5: “Policing and enforcing use of academic rhetoric.” These examples are everywhere in activism these days – recognize any from your own social justice work?