we've been struggling you know..
There's something that happens a lot in my life that never ceases to amaze me.. it's when people who are not disabled or are new to disability instantly have solutions to issues that they know nothing about.. their only reason for thinking they have this world altering information is because they are, in my opinion, clueless.
They gush this phoned in, low level crap and expect to be congratulated for their contribution and are offended and angry when you don't instantly feed their egos by telling them they may want to get a bit of experience before they tell someone who DOES have experience how and why they with no background, know better..
Some words and phrases aren't found in the usual tourist guides, so here are a few that you may have heard in cripworld - translated into cripspeak.
If that happened to me I'd kill myself.
Translation: why are you here? In my mind your life is worthless, so much so that I'll say it to your face in the guise of a compliment because I really don't think you're smart enough to get it and if you do, I don't actually care because, well, as I said, I would rather be dead than you. ☺
Everything in the disabled world is about safety. Ridiculously slow lifts, sheltered workshops, disability tax to every level of unwanted consultancies.. this is no different.
It's to keep you safe.
Touching my chair is like grabbing my ass without my permission. It's not welcome and when people do that, no matter how well intentioned, I react poorly. And by poorly I mean..
acceptable activities and twisted priorities
More disabled people in the news. A teen couple with Down Syndrome are reseated at a movie. Their date is ruined and they are rightfully and understandably upset.
Predictably, the media gets involved at the injustice of it - the theater chain apologizes, refunds their money and the couple then upgrades their date request and the public comes through with private event tickets.
I'm ashamed to say I was completely out of the loop on this. An issue was facing the disability community that was so urgent and in need of change that a group of people took it upon themselves to organize and fix it with a successful grass roots activism campaign, and I missed it all.
With a crowd of onlookers present in the appropriate numbers to signify and memorialize the importance of the event, a government official said all the right things and the local bobble heads oohhed and aaaahhed in anticipation as they waited for the unveiling of.. wait for it..
Things I DEMAND You Know.
I've been seeing a lot of these Top 10 things wheelers... amputees... whatever.. want you to know.. and guess what, they are ALL WRONG.
Just kidding - they're not wrong, they just missed a spot. BUT you do not have to panic. I'm here to fix it for you. Because I'm good like that ☺
Get comfy because I'm going to give you a lot of information in a very short time, so please save any questions you may have to the end.