Being “seen” is not easier. It’s different.

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i wish that when people talked about the experience of having disabilities which many other folks don’t perceive right away or at all (often called “invisible disabilities”), that they would remember that living some kind of more-easily-identifiable-stereotyped-disability-experience (“visible disabilities”) is not, like, a cake walk or something.

There is so. much. shit. that happens when you have disabilities which others can’t generally and/or immediately perceive or can’t seem to “label” based in their limited grasp or experience of disability (a situation, i’ll add, created and maintained by ableism and other intersecting systems of oppression). i have lived with physical disabilities which others couldn’t immediately perceive, and the criticism and speculation and disbelief from both within and without disability community were painful. There are ways that being “seen” is equated to being “real”, and that has actual consequences on all disabled people. Being in disabled community spaces when your disabilities are not…

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