Yesterday was blogging against disablism day. Over a hundred disabled and non-disabled bloggers from all across the globe are expressing their thoughts on and experiences of disablism out in the Blogosphere. I haven’t had begun to read all of it yet but there is some great work here.
Ampersand discusses Harriet McBryde JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s essay collection “Too Late To Die Young”.
This quote from her is really powerful:
“Because the world sets people with conspicuous disabilities apart as different, we become objects of fascination, curiosity, and analysis. We are read as avatars of misfortune and misery, stock figures in melodramas about courage and determination. The world wants our lives to fit into a few rigid narrative templates: how I conquered disability (and others can conquer their Bad Things!), how I adjusted to disability (and a positive attitude can move mountains!), how disability made me wise (you can only marvel and hope it never happens to you!), how disability brought me to Jesus (but redemption is waiting for you if only you pray).”
For me, living a real life has meant resisting those formulaic narratives. Instead of letting the world turn me into a disability narrative, I have insisted on being a subject in the grammatical sense: not the passive Ã¢â‚¬Å“meÃ¢â‚¬Â who is acted upon, but the active Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬Â who does things.”
There is also a terrific comment from Patsy Nevins.