December 3 was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and all I can say is it hurts to be a person with a disability in this world.
It hurts to have your lived experiences invalidated.
It hurts to be told disability issues are not a priority.
It hurts to be told by establishments that they see no need to make their building accessible.
It hurts to be overlooked because of your disability.
It hurts to be treated like a child because of your disability.
It hurts when people stare at you.
It hurts when family, friends, strangers pass ableist remarks and think it is ok because they are entitled to their opinion.
It hurts to be discriminated against as if you chose to be born with a disability.
To everyone with a disability, you are true champions and legends for living through each day in a world that does not want us nor acknowledges our existence. No matter what the world thinks of you, your life matters!
“When you talk about disability rights with people, they just look at you like they didn’t think such a thing existed. People don’t like talking about, hearing or watching disability. It’s not as sexy as gay rights or climate change. It’s just not. Disability is never represented from a human rights perspective. It’s represented through a lens of pity, or stories about overcoming the odds. The hero who, despite their hideous impairment, was able to get into the Paralympics. It’s all about the hero and pity narrative. Never about the disability rights narrative.”-Dr George Taleporos.
On that note I will be taking a break from the blog till further notice.
I hope you have a great Christmas holiday and may 2018 be all that you desire and more.