it frustrates me how awareness of vitally important disability issues, concepts and human rights violations is so unlikely to spread beyond the disability community
like, it’s gr8 that tumblr is there to defend me if someone says ‘oh my god, I’m so OCD!’ in my presence– but you know, that’s a minor annoyance. even last semester, when my lab instructor repeatedly said 'don’t do that, that’s just retarded’ in reference to various mistakes that I myself was liable to make– okay, I admit it contributed to me skipping lab several times and instead cowering miserably in the student lounge, but I still don’t need the entire nation jumping on it.
but if in future I am consistently and arbitrarily denied employment because I flapped my hands and used the wrong tone of voice in an interview– well, that’s discrimination. and I’m already going forward in life with the knowledge that I MAY NEVER GET A JOB.
and the kind of pervasive mistreatment that occurs invisibly in institutions but also permeates the culture at large, that robs humans of their dignity and autonomy, that infantilizes and degrades every single day: nobody’s talking about that. except us.
i mean i’m not an activist i am shit at anything remotely socially conscious but idgi what is this lip service even about if no one pays attention to cases of serious bigotry and abuse
i mean gr8 all i see is a lot of people talking amongst themselves about how we can’t call people stupid and crazy without regard to WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ACTUAL STUPID AND CRAZY PEOPLE (LIKE ME AND MY FRIENDS)