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It Hurts To Be Disabled. #IDPWD17

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.

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8 thoughts on “It Hurts To Be Disabled. #IDPWD17”

  1. Hey Colleen,
    You write very thoughtfully. I’ve journeyed a long way in learning about life through the Disability Lens just by reading your blogs and I encourage you to keep doing the great job you are doing. I’m not a blogger per se but I do know the difference between bloggers who blog from the heart and those who are more or less, reinvented typists.

    May you enjoy some rest during this festive season and return in the new year feeling refreshed and ready to serve us even more through your faithful blogging ministry.

    Thanks,
    Edu

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    1. Hi Edu, I sincerely apologize for the late reply, I honestly don’t know how I missed your comment. Thank you so much for reading the blog post and commenting. Secondly thank you so much for the encouragement. Sometimes it feels like no-one reads my blogs and it leaves me wondering if it worth it but then once in a while I receive encouragement from readers like yourself and it reminds me that is it indeed worth it.

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