[ View the story "Ableism" on Storify] Ableism People with disabilities use social media to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about the community.
The Stream· Mon, May 20 2013 11:24:05
Ableism Documentary with RSA Animationrhymeswithbowie
Stereotypes of disabled individuals
often depict them living tragic lives, or, in the opposite extreme, as a source of inspiration. Below, author and speaker Gary Karp explains how extreme narratives of disabled people can also be discriminatory.
The Heroic / Tragic Stereotype of Disabilitygarylkarp
Via social media, netizens share examples of everyday ableism.
It's unbelievable how many times people have said to me "you can talk so you're not autistic"Snorlax
Entitled busybody on bus: first makes inane comment about my "fancy rig", then says I have "good attitude" about my "situation". #ableistfindingtheramp
My day can't get any funnier, some dude just asked me "have you still got that chair" of course I do, I'm a wheelchair user!!! #idiotsMegganLH
Ableism. You need to get out more. pic.twitter.com/4wr11z0cm1nopermitnopark
Apparently there is a show called "Autism's got talent." Not sure if I should applaud, or sharpen my pitchforks. Seriously, I have no idea how to react to this.Noah Desmond Franc
Sometimes people who say these things are well-meaning, which can make the impact even worse. Especially in those cases, people might not understand why these can be so offensive and hurtful, and occasionally insist that what they're saying is a compliment, even when it's not.autistichoya.com
Some netizens express disgust about the way disabled people are often used as so-called "inspiration porn".
Inspiration Porn! Sick to death of patronizing photos of people with disabilities. 'They' are not here for others inspiration.Taj Rossi
Yet others embrace the term.
Inspiration Porn is real. I've been an inspirational porn star for many years. I'd rather be inspirational than jaded & cynical.Quentin Kenihan
explains how social media gives a voice to deaf individuals such as herself.
Anne: "Social Media Levels the Playing Field"purplecommunications
, who has been blind since birth, is changing the way people see movies with his video series,
The Blind Film Critic
. He appears in a separate YouTube channel called "The Tommy Edison Experience", where he answers some of the most commonly asked questions about blindness.
The Tommy Edison Experiencetommyedisonxp
is the creator and star of the award-winning online comedy series
"My Gimpy Life"
. The show revolves around Sherer's "awkward adventures" as a disabled actress in Hollywood.
My Gimpy Life - Ep 3: Inspirationalmygimpylife
The Stream asked its community: What are the biggest misconceptions of people with disabilities?
@AJStream misconception is they want a "hand out" when they're only looking for a "hand up"Trevor Summerfield
@AJStream they are incomplete, unable and they themselves feel inferiorMannir mohammed
What examples of ableism have you seen?
@AJStream a lot of people dismiss various disabilities they don't understand, especially psychological. "all in your head" "get over it"Rob Bieber Ⓥ
@AJStream One example of #ableism is the overwhelming emphasis of walking as the norm & fear/aversion to people who move differentlyalice wong
Some people find the word "lame" offensive and ableist. What do you think?
@AJStream absolutely, "lame" is oppressive. it's language that has worked to marginalize & eliminate minds & bodies that didnt fit into normradio613 collective
@AJStream That's just political correctness gone mad...... seriously.Chris Tierney
@AJStream This is eye opening. I'm taking it out of my vocabulary.Stephie
@AJStream now what? the word sick would be offensive to those who have health issues? those words r contextualHamza Shargabi