Identity

Hello awesome readers. It is the last day of January 2020 and I hope your new year and decade are off to a great start! I have some awesome things that I will be doing this year that I am so excited to share with you, but that will be for later so keep watch!

Today I want to talk to you about something that I have been seeing a lot and love! People in the disability community who are speaking out against people who say “I don’t see you as disabled “. Ok, I’m sure it sounds harmless and even nice, which I’m sure the people who say this are trying to be. But it’s not.

Here is why that phrase to me is ridiculous, insulting and damaging. First of all, it makes it seem like being disabled is horrible and why would anyone want to identify as disabled? Newsflash, being disabled is only horrible when those of us who are, have to face inaccessibility and people who view us as less than human.

Second reason, I AM DISABLED! I was born disabled, and unless God decides otherwise, I will always be disabled. It is just as much a part of my identity as being a woman or white or Christian. Wouldn’t it be a bit ridiculous sounding if someone said to me “I don’t see you as a woman.” ? It would sound like they were implying that their is something wrong with being a woman and their isn’t.

So, in closing, choose your words wisely and if you aren’t sure if you should say it, you probably shouldn’t.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and upcoming week!

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