So, in case you didn’t notice, there was a bit of a kerfuffle recently on Skepchick about ableism. Turns out, not everyone on Skepchick has the same opinions, and we all make mistakes. But this experience did teach us one thing: we don’t have enough disabled voices on this network. So, we’re starting a sister site for people with disabilities! And we want YOU to write for us (well, if you’re disabled and like writing). Last year we had two posts for “Blog Against Disablism Day.” One was by Chris Hofstader, and one was by me. If you’d like to contribute to this new blog, please apply!
We’re looking for people with physical or mental (or both!) disabilities who are willing to write at least one article every two weeks. The positions are not paid, but you will get more recognition, the chance to talk about your disability, make the world a better place, and be part of a kick-ass international network.
We will be accepting applications until Friday, March 21st, so please get your applications in as soon as possible!
Questions About Applying!
I have a disability! Can I apply?
Yes, please do!
What if I have more than one disability?
All the more reason you should apply!
I have a mental, not physical, disability. Can I still apply?
My disability isn’t officially diagnosed. What do I do?
Apply, and we’ll move on from there.
My disability is really rare. Do you still want me to apply?
I don’t have any real blogging experience. Can I still apply?
Yep! Although if you have some kind of writing examples to share, that would help (we’ll contact you for them after you apply).
I have a serious physical or mental illness, but I don’t personally identify as “disabled.” Can I still apply?
I don’t have a disability, but I think I have really valuable opinions anyway.
Please don’t apply.
But that’s discrimination!
No, it’s not.
A U.S. Army and Navy veteran says he was told he had to leave a west Houston restaurant because of his service dog. Aryeh Ohayon says it happened Tuesday at the Thai Spice Buffet II restaurant in the 2500 block of South Voss Road.
This has yet to happen to me, but I know that it will. Because it HAS to. Because EVERY DAMN DAY people look at Sadie and then look at me and go “is she in training?” “You don’t look disabled?” “Well what do you have?” “They make service dogs for [ptsd] now?” Also cue the strange and bizarre looks I usually get because I dare to be out in the community *gasp* working or shopping or, you know, doing normal things.
And to make matters worse my PTSD dog is, like the dog in the link, an American Pit Bull Terrier. To those who don’t buy into media bullshit you know that these dogs are nothing but love, kisses, and loyalty, but to others it just makes people think that my dog cannot be a service dog. This is utter bullshit. There are no “specific breeds” for service dogs. I got my dog to have a dog. She just alerted me to a flashback and wouldn’t stop pounding on my chest until I locked eyes with her, thereby grounding myself in the present. So we trained her to be the perfect SD she is today,
THIS SHIT IS REAL.
THIS SHIT HAPPENS.
And one day, it’ll happen to me. Because I’m not blind. Because I have PTSD. Because I don’t look disabled.
EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND OTHERS.
Because I’m sick of this shit.
"We don’t critique social attitudes to tell people how to think. We critique social attitudes to talk about how we think, and how their actions impact us.”
Contrary to what seems to be popular belief (or so the amount of ‘inspiration porn’ floating about would have you believe, at least), disabled people are not put on this planet to make you feel better about your own life circumstances. We are not here so you can point at one of us as we smile, for whatever reason, and exclaim “that person can carry on with a smile on their face and just look at them! You’ve got no excuse!”, or the worst which I encounter most frequently, “the only disability in life is a bad attitude”.
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."
With who even knows how many disabled people shut out of work, unable to go to the shops, being mocked and/or attacked in the street, jeered at, stared at, confined to hospital beds or their homes, requiring round the clock care.
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude".
With so many on low incomes, without adequate or even stable housing, living below the poverty line, unable to afford food, unable to afford heating, unable to get the care that they need because there isn’t enough money to provide it.
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude".
With so many in chronic pain, fighting through each day and using so much energy to do so. Trying to balance the pain or the strain of mental health with work, or school, or even just getting up.
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"
When we’re here trying to survive, putting all our time and effort into trying to stay alive, and you only notice us or care about our well being when we can be inspiration to you.
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"
When you can compare our physiques and lives to yours and be grateful you’re not like us.
The social justice tumblr reblog party is all fun and games until a disabled person says something is harmful to them and then we’re all just being too unreasonable and shouldn’t expect to be accommodated.
Fun Fact: Just because someone has a wheelchair, doesn’t mean they can’t walk. A lot of people benefit from a wheelchair because they can’t balance well or it is too painful to walk. So if you see a person briefly stand out of their wheelchair, or take a few steps, or even if you see them with a wheelchair sometimes but not always, it doesn’t mean they’re faking, and you shouldn’t call them out on it.
FUCKING THANK YOU
EVERYONE, REMEMBER THIS SHIT
And if you DARE either a. take a photo to mock them later or b. share/laugh at that photo, you FUCKING SUCK. Yes there’s a picture like this and yes I see friends sharing it and laughing and I get pissed. ;P
WARNING: THE ABOVE VIDEO CONTAINS EXTREME AMOUNTS OF ABLEISM, TRANSPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA, MISGENDERING, MAKING FUN OF TRIGGER WARNINGS AND MORE. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE TRIGGERED BY THESE THINGS. DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS.
In this video, the creator has basically gone through tumblr and found disabled people’s tumblr’s. He then posts screencaps and reads out their ‘about me’ and/or their posts and makes fun of them so that his followers on youtube can then go and harass these people (many of whom are vulnerable). THIS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.
Please flag the video for ‘hateful or abusive content’ -> ‘abusing vulnerable individuals’. In the ‘additional details’, feel free to explain on your own, or use something like: ‘This video is targeting disabled people and encouraging harassment. The video takes screenshots of disabled users’ tumblr’s and targets them for harassment. Many victims are already receiving harassment, including minors and vulnerable adults.’
This is important, disabled tumblr users are being attacked. The video already has 35,000 hits and 2,300 likes. It needs to be taken down to prevent further abuse to disabled tumblr users who are featured in the video. Please report or signal boost if you can.
This is basically a post for people who think that the world is accessible for those who are disabled, although this is centred around those who use a wheelchair.
And this doesn’t include when people park in disabled spaces without a badge, or question those who park in disabled spaces who don’t use a chair.
The first picture is of a disabled parking space, where the snow has been pushed into that space whilst people were clearing the car park. This also happens when snow ploughers push the snow to the side of the road and onto the pavement as it blocks the dipped down pavement where wheelchair users can get on/off of the pavement and most wheelchairs struggle to be able to push through the snow.
The second picture is of a lift/elevator in Boots a store in the UK, where there are baskets and cases in front of the lift, which block wheelchair users from using it and accessing other levels in the store.
The third picture is of a zebra crossing with a lowered pavement for wheelchair users, and there is an island in the middle with a normal height curb, which blocks wheelchair users, and it means they have to go around, along with having bollards near the entrance which don’t look wide enough to fit a wheelchair through.
The fourth picture is that of a ramp, which has a step in order to get onto the ramp. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t even try.)
The fifth picture is of a ramp with a tree in the middle, which doesn’t have enough room on either side for a wheelchair to get through.
The sixth picture is of a very very steep ramp, which even if you have someone pushing your chair you probably won’t be able to get up it!
The seventh picture is of a disabled parking space, which has a ramp leading to the entrance, which again has steps in order to access the ramp.
The eighth picture is of ‘disabled parking’, where non of the spaces have room to allow chairs to get out of the car, except at the back. They are just normal spaces where a blue sign has been placed in an attempt to make the parking ‘wheelchair accessible’.
The ninth picture is of a reception desk which is too high for wheelchair users to access, as they can’t be seen, due to the fact that they are smaller than the desk.
The final picture is of a ramp which only goes halfway up the curb, essentially meaning there is a step at the top of the ramp.
If anybody still thinks the world isn’t staked against those who are disabled, then I honestly worry about you.
My struggle to this very day with mental health services, the visited me at home, and they lIterally told I wasn’t ill enough and I’m now being passed around and waiting for a phonecall.