A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.
On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.
"Why must it be “disabled”
Why not differently abled
Everyone is able…
You just have different ways"
I get that you’re trying to be helpful or nice or something
but you disabled is not a bad word. It’s not an insult, it’s not un-pc (or whatever the fuck) , it’s doesn’t mean un-able so much as prevented-from-being-able
As in society is set up to ignore the needs of people with disabilities.
If disabled people choose to self identify with differently abled, or disAbility, or whatever pc nightmare some well meaning able-bodied NT made up, that’s fine. But just like you shouldn’t apply a sexuality or gender label to someone without asking them first, don’t invalidate disabled people by policing word choice.
I spent years running from the “disabled” title despite my disabilities, because I associated it with many negative stereotypes. And every time someone says “it’s not disabled it’s _____” you are intimating that ‘disabled’ is a bad word, and something to be ashamed of, and that’s complete and utter hokum.
What I hate the most is when somebody uses ‘differently able’ to make it seem as if I don’t have a disability, that it isn’t a major part of my life, that it doesn’t affect me so deeply. It does, it always will, and sometimes it will be negative and sometimes it will be positive, but it will always have a profound impact on my life. People who won’t use disability when something is an actual disability cheapen my personal struggle and accomplishment. (via the-arena-ballerina)
So I work at a pet hospital, and we got a sick chameleon today that we had to treat. Needless to say we got a little attached to her and named her Susan. Her pillow was a cotton ball, her blankets were gauze squares and her head-warmer was a top of a glove filled with water. :)