handicapped

Alright. Let me explain you a thing. Hang on, where’s Eleven?

There we go! Now, I hate to be the boring one who’s going to ruin the joke for everyone. But that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Sorry.

1. Not everyone who is in a wheelchair is permanently disabled.

Many people, myself included, have the ability to stand and even walk short distances. Hence, there’s nothing saying that a woman cannot stand up for a brief moment in order to reach something from the top shelf. Yes, I understand, it’s alcohol!

Scandalous!

2. Let’s make Sherlock proud and do some deducting, shall we?

The woman’s spine is twisted. She is leaning against the shelf for support. And you can see how the lower part of her spine/bottom is arched out, meaning that she is leaning forward and putting a majority of her weight into her arm as she twists to use the other arm to reach for the bottle. She is standing a few inches away from the wheelchair which means that she probably put the brakes on, stood up, clutched onto the shelf for support, and used her other hand to reach for the bottle.

3. Is anyone going to talk about the fact that there is a person on the left side of the frame and clearly a person taking the photo?

The person that we see is walking away and of course the other person is careless enough to take the photograph.

4. Hey how about a guilt trip?

Imagine that you’re as old as the woman in the wheelchair. Perhaps it is your daughter’s birthday or you’re throwing a get-together for you and a few friends. You have gotten everything except the wine to toast. You enter a store and see a bottle that you like. Unfortunately, it is on the top shelf and you are in a wheelchair. So you shakily stand up, using your left hand to clutch onto the shelf as you try to reach towards that bottle of wine. Meanwhile, another customer will walk right past you and somebody will be heartless enough to take a photo of you, posting it online where it will soon become a cruel meme.

Now, obviously that’s not the real story. So what is? No idea. I don’t know and neither do you. For all we know, she could actually be faking a disability and subsequently slips up in the alcohol aisle. For all we know, powers that are beyond our understanding could have performed a miracle to allow her to spontaneously leap up and grab said bottle. But until we know, it’s cruel and ignorant to keep posting this picture.

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The Fashion Industry Is Becoming More Inclusive Of People With Disabilities And NYFW Is Proof

The fashion industry is becoming more inclusive of individuals with disabilities. While designers showcased their latest looks during New York Fashion Week from Feb. 11-19 , some of them made headlines for including models of different backgrounds in their shows. From Jamie Brewer , an actress, activist and model who has Down syndrome, to Jack Eyers, a male amputee model who participated in the FTL Moda show, this season included groundbreaking moments for people who have disabilities.

Read on for more an indepth look at how the fashion industry has become more inclusive. 

Hey guys, so I know this isn’t usually what I post about but its something that’s important to me.

That’s Tommy. He’s the brother of one of my friends from Marching band; her name is Erika. Tommy is non-verbal and he has been confined to a wheel chair for his entire life. I’ve seen him at band events before and honestly; he’s such a happy kid.

Tommy is 19 now and he’s growing just like you and I are. Basically, it’s getting really hard to get him from place to place and it seems that the need as risen for a mini-van with a wheel chair lift. Erika and her mother are working to raise money because, quite frankly, they can’t afford to get one.

It’s a good cause and even if you can’t donate, it would mean a lot and would be really appreciated if you could hit reblog.

Thanks guys, really. :)

Help Tommy and his family! click here to donate!

Help us support Kian.

Hello everyone, my name is Amanda and I’ve started up this tumblr blog because I wanted to help out my young nephew Kian who has a handicap called arthrogryposis or AMC for short.

People with AMC can seem to have ‘bended’ areas of their bodies, ranging from hands to legs and so on.

My nephew has it fully in both his arm and hands area, making the simplest of tasks very hard to handle for him even though it wouldn’t seem like a very big deal to others.

A while ago on my main blog I started up a fundraiser to collect money for him so that he could possibly fly over to America in the future to have surgery.

Here in Sweden there aren’t any doctors who would like to do the surgery themselves because it hasn’t ever been done before in our own country.

However a couple of months back my sister found a doctor by the name of Charles Goldfarb who specializes in congenital hand and upper extremity disorders in the U.S.

He has done many different surgeries, as can be seen here inside of his very own blog:

http://congenitalhand.wustl.edu/

I really want to collect money for my nephew so that he could get it easier to do everyday things better than before, like grabbing onto things and possibly being to cross his arms more-

Please if you can care to help him out, click the links below and follow the blog for more updates regarding Kian!





Thank you so much!

Don't ever tell me you wish you were disabled.

I’ve been told this many times throughout me life, “I wish I was disabled,” "I wish I was disabled so I could stay inside like you do," "I wish I was disabled so I wouldn’t get detention," "I wish I was disabled so I could get special treatment like you do."

Let me tell you right now, If you ever tell me you wish you were disabled, any chance of us having a friendly conversation is gone. I’d punch you in the face or something, but I can’t lift my arms.

Now you might be saying, “What’s the big deal? You get special treatment, no one can tell you anything bad, and you don’t have to go to school if you don’t feel like it.”

I get left out of almost everything.

What you think is “special treatment” is actually people trying to make up for things I can’t do, and some people take it to an extreme sometimes because they don’t know how to handle someone with a disability. And people will hate you for this.

I can’t go to school and some other places because they aren’t accessible. Some days my disability makes it near impossible to leave the house. I missed an entire year of school because it is not accessible, my body cannot handle walking more than maybe ten steps —twenty if I have the will power—, and my braces made my legs numb.People will not understand that though.

They’ll think back to those great “inspirational” cripples and tell you, if they can get through there problems, then so can you. They’ll tell you about disabled people who are worse of than you. They’ll bring up every bit of inspiration porn that dehumanizes you and invalidates your problems.

Do you still wish you were disabled???

Let’s not forget that near everything is made for the able bodied, and they still want to believe they have a right to use things that are made or modified for the disabled because they “needed” it. And these things by the way, that are made or modified for us, are very few.

Do you still wish you were disabled???

Imagine going out in public or staying home being unable to help yourself. Imagine needing to use the toilet really badly, and that one stall out of about three that is designated just for you is taken by someone who had the nerve to even think they needed it more than you, because it’s cleaner, or they didn’t want to wait and they didn’t see anyone disabled there, or they need to do their hair or fix their makeup, or they wanted privacy. Imagine wanting to go to a store or any public place, and all of those few parking spots designated for you are filled, and not only by people like you who need it, but by people who don’t need it but will “only be a minute” or “all the other spaces were taken” even though it’s illegal to park in those spaces. Guess you have to go home and try again next time, whatever you needed, urgent or not, will just have to wait. Imagine wanting to go to this big event with all your friends, but it’s physically impossible for you to go because it’s not accessible, or the area designated for people like you is taken up by people who don’t need it, or that area is so far away from everything that there is no point in going. Then you  have to hear your friends talking about it non stop for weeks. Imagine not only not being invited out with your friends, but not even knowing they were going out, and finding out about it later.

Do you still wish you were disabled???

Imagine being treated like an object or like you aren’t even in the room and being spoken about badly. Imagine people speaking to you as they would with a child or an animal, Imagine people staring at you wherever you went, or staying away from you, or telling their children to stay away from you and not to talk to you and don’t ask any questions. Imagine people thinking of you as that thing full of disease.

Now look me in the eye and tell me you wish you were disabled!!!!

And don’t give me any of that “you’re being so negative” bullshit. I’m being realistic. And the reality is, being disabled is pretty damn negative most of the time.

If you have anything to add, feel free to do so, but take your head out of your ass first.