#ableism Tumblr posts

  • neurodivergent ppl can continually say things like “sweets make me function better” or “i work better later at night than in the day” and like even simple things like “this causes overstimulation” and no one fucking believes us until dr whiteman comes along with a study supporting what we KNOW and have been saying!!!!! im enraged!!!!!!

    #olivia can and should wear red eyeshadow #ableism#actuallyautistic
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  • How the fuck do y'all see a person say “I don’t wanna be like Those people and use a cane” and “I know ps-ch- is a slur but I’m gonna use it anyway” and literally tell a disabled person that they couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to be stared at in public and belittled, etc etc

    But the moment they reblog one (1) post about how “oh I guess disabled people deserve to not die or whatever” suddenly they’re a Woke Queen 😍

    🙄

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  • I remember there was this computer teacher, Ms Grant, at my primary school and she was the nastiest piece of work my five-year-old self had ever come across. I dreaded her classes. She was very old, nearly blind, and missing half a finger (which we all used to joke she lost up her nose). She called every girl ‘Delilah’ and every boy ‘George’. There were no Delilahs or Georges in the school. As payback, we all referred to her as Granny Git. Anyway she was more than just grumpy; she was a genuinely prejudiced piece of shit, as me and my best friend found out one bright summer day (actually it could have been winter and raining for all I remember; the computer lab was dark and gloomy and eternal) in 2008. See, I could spell well, but I couldn’t type fast at all. Meanwhile, my best friend could type very fast, but couldn’t spell. So she’d type and then I’d correct the spelling. This meant we were a little slower than everyone else but a decent teacher wouldn’t have cared as long as we were getting the work done correctly. But this teacher, in her own special, cold, heartless, ableist way, loomed over us and shouted so loud that the entire school probably heard it, “ARE YOU TWO DISABLED??!!! GET ON WITH THE WORK AND STOP BEING SO LAZY!!!” Lovely, right? Anyway we were so scared of dear old Granny Git that we just froze up and didn’t do a thing for the rest of class, before running off at lunch to cry together in the cafeteria toilets. Anyway I ran into her a few years ago and she was fully blind and didn’t recognise me. But I recognised her. And I wish I could go back to when she called us disabled and inform her how very right she was. In our first year of high school, my best friend was diagnosed with dyslexia - i.e. why she couldn’t spell, because all the words were jumping around on the page. In my last year of high school, I was diagnosed with dyspraxia - i.e. why I couldn’t type, because my finger nerves had no goddamn idea what I wanted them to do. I wonder how Granny Git would feel, knowing she called two genuinely disabled little kids ‘lazy’ and made them feel like shit for something they couldn’t control. Probably coldhearted indifference. RIP Granny Grant. I don’t know if you’re dead but since you were born in roughly the early Cretaceous, you probably are.

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    Stop carrying the weight of others around with you. Don’t give them space in your head or anywhere else. If someone throws up at “come at me, bro” sign, tell them exactly where they can go.


    If anyone comes at you with condescension, be done. If they bring sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, transphobia, or anything other “ism” that is reprehensible, kick them out. If they are destroying your mental health or tearing you down as a human being, show them where that door is.


    There are times when doing this is hard and downright impossible in the moment. You put up with a horrible boss to make ends meet until you can find something better. You have that one family member that you can’t avoid because you still want to see the rest of your family. I get that.


    Stop carrying the weight of others around with you. Don’t give them space in your head or anywhere else. If someone throws up at “come at me, bro” sign, tell them exactly where they can go.


    If anyone comes at you with condescension, be done. If they bring sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, fatphobic, transphobia, or anything other “ism” or “phobia” that is reprehensible, kick them out. If they are destroying your mental health or tearing you down as a human being, show them where that door is.


    There are times when doing this is hard and downright impossible in the moment. You put up with a horrible boss to make ends meet until you can find something better. You have that one family member that you can’t avoid because you still want to see the rest of your family. I get that.


    But the ones you can? Tell them bye and let them know they’re not welcome back.

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  • Ah, yes, trying to call out the hypocritical [hypothetical] “нормальных”, “п?%арасов” and “сумасшедших” through, ughh, putting on dashed blush makeup, sailor-fuku and a 2B dakimakura(to piss off the people into saying “Nier: Automata isn’t an anime”, which is somehow a loss), and displaying a butt plug. Classic imageboard! 
    Now on the blue SNS!

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  • Ableds: “I don’t care what the law says.”

    Me: “That’s about to change.”

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  • im trying SO HARD to not be accusatory in my speech but ableism runs rampant in my school so we’re just kinda “bro this behavior that ive seen Literally Everyone In This Room exhibit is garbage. please stop.”

    #school ment#ableism #habit.txt #this is unsurprisingly easier to write but i need to get some sources and statistics #ugh
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  • I don’t consider myself disabled. In my mind, thanks to culture and internalized ableism, disabled means requiring the use of some sort of aid in order to go through life. Except not glasses, glasses don’t count for some reason, probably because of society.

    No, I’m not disabled, because I don’t use any sort of aids. I’ve got a debilitating chronic illness. That’s different. That means that instead of using some sort of aid (like a walker or cane for support), I just wear myself out or stay home. Instead of using an aid that would make going through life easier, I don’t use the aid and instead I’m more limited.

    Unfortunately, being aware that this mentality stems from ablism (both my own internalized feelings about what it means for me to be disabled, and cultural feelings toward disabled people). It’s not just how I feel about what it means (accepting the reality of my chronic illness is not a linear thing, I struggle with different aspects of it at times), it’s how others will perceive me, and attitudes I don’t want to have to deal with. Using a walker will change how people interact with me, it might make people doubt me (because I’m too young, and I wouldn’t need it consistently).

    I don’t know what I’m doing with this realization. I know I’m working on my own internal thoughts about this topic (and poking at how I perceive and interact with people who use aids - I don’t think I’m harboring any negative thoughts toward others, but it’s worth looking at). I don’t know if I’ll change what I do, though. I still feel like I’m “not sick enough” - either by my own standards or society - to do anything differently. Maybe that will change, I’m not sure

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  • if your first instinct after someone tells you about their disability is to respond with “no, you’re faking” then congratulations, you need to work on your internalized ableism. don’t do that.

    if your first instinct after seeing someone being even relatively open about and proud of their disability is to tell them they’re glorifying, fetishizing, and faking, congratulations, you need to work on your internalized ableism. don’t do that.

    this kind of thing doesn’t help disabled people. it only hurts us.

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  • I think one of the biggest reasons as to why we don’t trust our mother that’s not connected to events in the past is that she treats us as if we don’t have really bad mental health issues or have severe trauma. I mean that in the sense of she’s more considerate to talk about certain things relating to mental health and similar sensitive subjects when it’s connected to the people that she works with and for (since they also have mental health issues, it’s pretty much what her job is about) but not with us

    • She’s much more willing to ‘forget’ stuff when it’s appropriate for her and then turn it around on us when we can’t do what she wants
    • She doesn’t want to admit that we struggle with typical day-to-day stuff when we don’t have stuff to help us and would much prefer to light-heartedly joke about it than actually care
    • She talks about these issues as if we weren’t there or that we weren’t dealing with them
    • She doesn’t believe us when we purposefully suffer alone, such as having breakdowns in private and around people or not disclosing every issue we have to anyone who’ll listen, since she knows that she’ll get upset by that, without considering how it affects us
    • She talks about every issue we have to anyone who’ll listen, meaning that there’s strangers who know way too much about us and there’s non-consented information out there and that strangers are making judgments about us without even seeing us in person
    • She prefers to not reprimand people who talk shit about mental health and instead sees us as an equal that is willing to listen to her bicker about those people and issues without doing anything about that
    • Her jokes are fucking horrible, because I know that they’re meant to be self-deprecating but they end up just hurting us as much as her
    • She refuses to see things getting worse and that we’re not ‘bad enough’ yet so she doesn’t acknowledge ‘new’ problems for us and instead gets disappointed and angry at us, even when she sees the problem or if we have told her about it
    • She sees the ‘ideal’ symptoms and problems we have as something that she wants so she acts like we’re living the dream and not suffering everyday
    • She acts like we’re able to solve all of our issues if we just ‘do it’ without considering the consequences to us
    • She’s willing to turn herself into a white knight and act like she knows best without actually asking what we want or know, she always assumes everything without saying anything

    There’s more to it but that’s the general gist of it. I don’t feel safe around her but right now she’s the only help that we’ve got close to us atm so we have to rely on her which is something that we really don’t want

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  • [This spilled onto the page during a routine ponderment of the current state of SSI/disability benefits; the fact that the only remaining reason I have not yet been awarded them is an alleged “noncompliance” with controversial and inhumane “treatments” aimed at changing core aspects of who I am and how I function, in ways that are neither medically dangerous nor anyones fucking business to dictate; my refusal to change my actual personality and my adherence to my core human values and morals being directly stated as the reason I do not have or deserve the right to even be safely housed and fed. Then I tripped and added statistics and citations.]

    The United States government forces its mentally disabled and otherwise neurodivergent citizens to choose which to forsake, among their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness; it structurally forces them to abandon their liberty and their right to a pursuit of happiness under their own terms, in order to be treated as deserving the right to live. This is a completely unconstitutional and unethical form of eugenics. It creates a system where you either retain your human autonomy and your right to live as disabled, and are left for dead, or, you compromise your rights to identity, self-directed medical care, and the value of living ones true experience, in order to receive the same permission and opportunity to survive and thrive while being genuine to one’s inner self that an abled citizen does. That you must either make your goal to be as abled as possible (and you must succeed, to an extent monetarily measurable), or else accept an impoverished death directly due to a lack of basic necessities, even while being a lifetime legal resident of a self-proclaimed first world country, is a perfectly functional way to enforce eugenic ideals upon the population. It refuses equal rights to the disabled and effectively culls the population of undesirables, no matter what quality and length of life they might have enjoyed if their rights and needs had been equally (and constitutionally) met. 

    Notably, if a disabled individual is unable to keep themselves alive without this help that is denied, it logically follows that they would likely not survive long enough to reproduce and successfully raise a child to adulthood, a child who might be born with or later experience the onset of similar socially-undesired traits, and a learned respect for the disabled experience. This furthers the eugenic majority and control exponentially with each generation, ensuring that governmental laws directly dictate the genetics and abilities of its living population, while patriotic [and able-bodied] citizens loudly boast about a vague sense of “freedom” apparently awarded by the same government. 

    Some may argue that you can still choose to be disabled “against your best interests,” but a choice between death, and submission of your human autonomy, is a false choice, both in the sense that it is a false dichotomy (with the unrevealed third option being for the larger population to systematically support the rights and lives of the disabled), but also that this is not an ethical choice to force people into making, despite the system being set up to force exactly that choice. If you tell someone subjected to chattel slavery that they have the “choice” of either living as a slave or being executed as a free man, that is not a genuine choice. Telling disabled people that they can “choose” to die homeless and starving, while being blamed, stigmatized, further disenfranchised, and even punished by law, for such circumstances, or, to submit to the system’s impossible demand for conformity (and the imperfect, unpleasant, and often dangerous or even tortuous medical treatments, for conditions that endanger no one, that any other human being has the right to refuse without sacrificing their right to life and happiness), in exchange for their life, is not a genuine choice, and blatantly flies in the face of every US citizen’s right to simultaneous life and liberty. This could be described as a Morton’s Fork; two apparent options that inevitably lead to the same end. “Live under our definition of being worth the air you breathe, a life without agency or dignity, your daily experiences and very self altered and dictated by someone else’s rules, until you die, struggling to maintain yourself as a person you may not even recognize,” or, “just die, but at least the choice to do so was your own.” A disabled person is allowed no choice that leaves them living with dignity, with the right to stay alive exactly as they are, as being seen as worth their feed and care, unless they become a different person. Either way, the person they truly are, warts, disabilities, and all, must perish. 

    This is not a mistake, this is not a case of “falling through the cracks” or oblivious lawmaking; the system is functioning exactly as intended. It is also not an exaggeration; between this system of refusing the rights of disabled individuals, and the inadequate healthcare accessible primarily to the wealthy (who, inherently, are typically not disabled), this is an actual life or death situation for the disabled, and in fact, primarily a death situation. 

    In the US alone, an average of almost 10,000 people die each year while waiting for disability benefits (WApost). This does not count people who were unable or discouraged to apply in the first place, or who died after, and possibly because, their claim was denied. Compare that to the UK, where recent statistics cite over 17,000 people who died waiting for their benefits (again not counting those who saw it pointless to apply, or died after a denial)– but that was over a period of six years, not the one year and eight months it would take for that many to die in the US (Independent UK). Their average time for approval is also 14 weeks, which UK citizens outcry as cruel indifference– compared to the US average wait time of two years or more. And yet, with their disabled death rate less than a third of ours and an approval speed an eighth of ours, UK citizens are calling their system “cruel and callous,” “lengthy and traumatic,” and “a hostile environment for disabled people.” That’s also while those UK citizens have access to the NHS, socialized healthcare for all citizens, with even things like cancer treatment or organ replacement coming to near-no out of pocket cost. Here in the US, citizens who can’t afford expensive insurance premiums, don’t qualify for “free”/”low cost” healthcare, or find the incredibly limited coverage of such plans inadequate, will find that no option actually allows them affordable access to the healthcare they need; many people in this position are paying hundreds of dollars a month just for maintenance prescriptions. Many find themselves landed with even costlier medical conditions that could have been avoided or caught in more treatable stages had preventative care been affordable and accessible, and many others end up faced with the compounding trauma of homelessness (and often joblessness, trapping them in a self-defeating cycle) after they or a loved one suffer an already catastrophic accident, medical emergency, or just an expensive[-in-the-US] medical condition.

    One might think this to be the unthinkably Orwellian kind of paranoid-persecution-fantasy found in speculative fiction, or an invention born from the popular and stigmatized tropes of unmedicated schizophrenics and conspiracy theorists, but horrifyingly, this is the state of our current, extant government; this genetic control and intentional thinning of the disabled and poor populations is in fact written into law, in the "free country” of the United States of America in the modern year 2020. 

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  • Consensus does not make a truth.

    20 to 30 “qualified” doctors yelling you are perfectly normal, and then going back to school/university suffering all the symptoms of learning disabilities and aspergers; does NOT make me any LESS disabled.


    It just shows the doctors’ ignorance and lack of insight at a mass-scale. Comparable to salem witch trials.

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  • is there any amount of evidence that will get people to admit that Bernie Sanders is a bigot?

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  • Before permanently closing this blog;

    When or Where ableism and ignorance is a norm; being pro-Self-dx becomes the DUTY.


    Say it louder for the ableist bullies sitting at FAR back. #Reblog FAST.

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