I really struggle to articulate this properly but I feel like a lot of abled people can recognise the idea of disabled people in theory but not in practice? And I feel this heavily affects accessibility
So for instance with disabled parking spaces they see them and know that they are for the elusive ‘disabled people’ but also they think “hey no one will need this right now” and so will use it because the idea of disabled people actually existing and interacting with a public space just doesn;t add up and fully form in their minds
And I think a major cause of this is the fact that a lot of disabled people have not been or continue to not be allowed in public spaces. Through ‘ugly laws’, institutionalisation, inaccessibility, abuse, imprisonment and other violence, disabled people have been forced from or never allowed into the public sphere and so the idea of us being there, existing in communities, in society is so abstract to abled folks and I feel like that really affects and informs a lot of attitudes that people have especially wrt to using things meant for disabled people
What I Mean:
The world is tearing itself apart. World leaders are elected on campaigns of hate and division, people are shooting at each other, beating on each other, and it never seems to end. Meaning we have to work to make it end. So now, I'm not fine. Not right now, because things aren't fine right now. But with some work, it will be fine.
Trump won. That’s it. The election is over, and this guy is going to replace Obama.
That doesn’t mean it’s over. If you didn’t do absolutely everything you could to make sure he didn’t get elected, it’s time to make up for that. I know I have to. If you did, we have to continue that fight. This isn’t over. Hillary won the popular vote. the majority of us are horrified and devastated. And that many people united gives us real power. I’m not inciting violence, but this is not okay.
When you’re living on your knees you
Tell your brother that he’s gotta
Tell your sister that she’s gotta
Disability seems like the only part of the social justice movement you’re allowed to comment on/have an opinion on with absolutely no previous knowledge, no actual idea of what you’re talking about, no experience with it, and your opinion is taken as 100% accuracy. People have based entire literal killing sprees (recently, too) off of this shit, but if we speak up about it or just ask to be consulted before an able bodied person says what they think our opinion is we’re asking too much and being too demanding.