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“It's all in your head!”—It’s a very common ableist remark, but I never understood it because it is a plain statement of fact. Yes, of course it is in my head. That’s exactly what “mental disability” means, and if you’re into Descartes then literally everything is in my head. How exactly does that prove my problem isn’t real?
i think my brother is schizophrenic. or something like that. coz he fully snaps in two seconds. My mum said something to him and he fully got so angry and made the biggest deal of it and she ws just saying something.
and just then i asked him why he made a noise, not angry, genuinely interested and he snapped at me and got so angry saying he didn’t do it even though i saw his mouth move and the noise came out.
he’s so messed up.
I will not be a martyr.
I will not be a victim to what I have suffered with.
I will not bow down to it, and excuse myself.
I will overcome because I know that inside I am strong - To resign yourself to fate, and become the mental illness or condition that you have is to fail. To learn how to deal with it, and to learn how to fulfil your potential no matter what is to be a success and that is what I choose to be.
I will no longer hide. I hope that this inspires more people to come out of hiding, and learn to live with who they are instead of defining themselves by whatever mental condition they may have.
You are not mental - you are unique.
“There are so many of us out here who feel the world with thin skin and heavy hearts, who get called crazy because we’re too full of fire and pain, who know that other worlds exist and aren’t comfortable in this version of reality…We feel things stronger than the other people around us, a lot of us have visions about how things could be different, why they need to be different, and it’s painful to keep them silent. Sometimes we get called sick and sometimes we get called sacred, but no matter how they name us we are a vital part of making this planet whole.”—The Icarus Project, “Friends Make the Best Medicine” zine
It is with a sense of great privlege that the members of the Committee submit this Plan for Pennhurst.
This planned Community will be unique in that it will closely duplicate the conditions and life styles of the type of community familiar to most citizens. The Community will have a series of built-in assurances and opportunities for citizens with retarded behavior such as; being able to reside, live and work in an atmosphere of total acceptance and freedom and opportunity to develop their best potentials. The Plan represents a bold venture resulting in the abolishment of the institutional concept and its replacement by the community living concept. Citizens with retarded behavior will no longer have to be members of a captive populace in warehousing settings but will have every advantage community environment can offer. There will be no structural, social or psychological boundaries between this Community and the surrounding communities. This concept will thus encourage a healthy interflow between the two populaces.
Specifically, the Plan calls for a new Pennhurst Community comprising 3 residential communities which shall form the newly developed Community complex on 700 acres presently partially occupied by Pennhurst State School and Hospital at Spring City, PA. Each residential community shall comprise 50 individual home structures, designed to safely and comfortably house 10 citizens with retarded behavior. Thus, the total Community complex will be composed of 150 such structures, house a total of 1500 citizens with retarded behavior.
This new venture will abolish the old Pennhurst. Every person in a brand new bed, in a brand new home. The planned Community, backed by scientific, humanitarian and aesthetic support, will be the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
The Plan reflects the position taken by the Committee following its perusal of source material, investigation and deliberations relative to the topical matter. The attitude of the Committee toward its task has been most positive, with an understanding of needs and a firm belief in the dividends that realistic application of the Plan will pay, not only to the citizens with retarded behavior, but to all citizens. The committee trusts that prompt and adequate implementation will be forthcoming.
Implementation MUST begin NOW!
I frequent a petsite known as Subeta (link). There’s adoptable pets, human avatars, there’s always (ALWAYS) an event going on. It’s typically a pretty entertaining and accepting website.
Sadly, today I went online, eager to do quests and earn some points to make up my HA’s version of my Halloween costume, to look at the news. New items, cool! Goldie, a version of Goldilocks, a doll! And three bears! Why, I wonder what the bears.. say…oh.
There’s Goggi, a bear with goggle markings around its face, funny! Sunni, a bear with a crescent marking on its chest. And what’s this plain bear that looks rumpled…”Tardy”. I couldn’t really believe it at first. Every item has an item description. This item’s description is as follows-
The tardies are pretty slow but when they finally get to you you’ll be rewarded with the snuggliest of hugs!
If you don’t believe me, go to that link up there, look at the first news post. I could barely believe it and it was staring right at me.
Like most websites, Subeta has a reporting page for bugs and the like. So I traipsed on over and filled out a very long ticket outlining my concerns (which will be attached verbatim below).
I am hoping for a reply soon, but we shall see. Ideally, I want the item renamed and redescribed. It stinks of ableism. Absolutely reeks of it.
Work was nuts. A disabled girl (in her twenties, but with a mentality of a young child) “assaulted” a child in a stroller. The girl is a child of Vanelli’s manager, Ken. The police came to take her away and brought her down to security office. If two of the people from Vanelli’s that were working today, they cops would’ve taken her away. Ken came to get her, and told them that he would bring them to the hospital. She may even be banned from the mall altogether? Wow.
I can never gauge how my day is going to be at Intercity when I’m working. Christmas season is fucking mental.