#TheAbleistScript: What We Can Learn

Disabled Identity

1446842995-TheAbleistScriptRecently disabled social media activists created a campaign using the hashtag #TheAbleistScript to shed light on the everyday ableism that is pervasive in our culture. There are so many words and ideas, scripts written by society, that reinforce the oppressive system of ignorance, hostility, erasure and discrimination towards disabled individuals. The Twitter based discussion has allowed disabled people of diverse impairments and backgrounds to share their experiences and voice their frustrations. Personally, being fully aware of the trials and tribulations of being disabled in an ableist world I was eager to put in my two cents, so to speak. While I felt strongly compelled to contribute, I also was equally interested in learning a few things.

Some of the biggest lessons I believe we should take away from this campaign are…

Ableism is a massively intersectional issue
The poor treatment and misunderstanding of disabled people is not a singular isolated…

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