Just a PSA that calling disabled people “differently abled” pisses a majority of us off. We’re disabled. Sugar coating it treats us like who we are is something bad. There are things we CAN’T do, not things that we do “differently.” People need to accept that.
It’s time to make the INvisible VISIBLE by proudly and publicly talking about our experiences as invisibly disabled people.
Despite popular belief and community infrastructures, #InvisiblyDisabledPplExist. This ignorance and reduced community recognition and assistance can cause us lots of unnecessary difficulty, pain, and even death.
This means it’s time to start a movement to end the ignorance about what it “means” to be disabled.
Please use the hashtag #InvisiblyDisabledPplExist to not only make signs over disabled seating and other areas, as mentioned in tweet 4 above.
We must also talk about our many many stories of being invisibly disabled in a world where the public doesn’t recognize our existence (like mine).
Take the disabled seats on the metro/bus for example.
I mean, nobody will EVER give up their seat on the metro for me and in fact, whenever I do manage to get a seat meant for the disabled (i.e., MEEEEEE) and I’m having a hard time, other visibly disabled or pregnant people will ask me to get up OR will stand near me and other ppl will give me the evil eye.
SO even if I really REALLY need the seat, I will give it up.
But believe me, I don’t do it without making sure EVERYONE in the car hears me gripe very loudly about how I actually AM disabled and need the goddamn seat and that invisibly disabled people actually do exist on this fucking planet and that if people REALLY cared about us disabled folks they’d give the visibly disabled person their seat, regardless of whether or not they’re in the seat “meant for” the disabled. Not that that will ever happen for me (the invisibly disabled), but I care about my fellow disabled folks and it’s not their fault that the world is this way.
The moral of this story?
No one (even the pregnant & visibly disabled!!!) should assume that ppl using the disabled seats are “abusing them” by using them without being sick/disabled. If someone you think isn’t disabled is in those seats, do all of us disabled folks a HUGE favour and STFU and let them sit there. I don’t care how healthy or abled you think they look! If they are using it, I’d rather risk that they don’t belong there then make someone move (or feel horrible) who needs the seat.