So yesterday, December 3rd, was International Day of People with Disabilities, & I wanted to ask y’all some questions. -
How many of you guys know someone who is disabled/has seen someone in public or in movies/tv who’s disabled?whether it’s a friend, family member, Professor/teacher, colleagues, model, actor/actress, singer, etc... -
Do you see them in your favorite places? whether it be in an amusement park, restaurant, concert/local events, marches or social Justice Rallies, protest, & movies etc etc. -
If you haven’t, I want you guys to stop and think for a min as to why you haven’t met or seen disabled folks in a public space & what we can do to fix this.
I’ve talked many times about how there are some places where I can’t go to because it isn’t accessible for my chair, or when I go watch a movie about a “person that’s disabled” and the person that’s playing this role is an able bodied person & the movie basically being made for able bodied ppl.
when you guys talk about equality & representation, remember about the lack of equality and representation that there is for disabled folks, include us, & help us. When you go to your favorite restaurant and you see it’s not accessible in any way, speak up. If you are a director and want to make a movie about someone with a disability, get an actor/actress with the disability, or at least have them with you while writing the movie. Stop making these movies for able bodied people and make them for the disabled community. I’m tired of the same story, I’m tired of the pettiness, the whole “oh what am I complaining about, I’m healthy and your stuck in a chair.” Stop with the damn inspiration porn. (There’s a whole story on my iG page where I talk more about all of this, if you want to hear it, just go watch it)
Anyway all I want to say is that we’re here & we matter too. Accessibility should be there for us and we shouldn’t be worried if whether or not we’ll be able to move around in the space or even go into a place. And representation matters, and y’all need to quit with the inspiration porn. [also this is coming from a wheelchair user, everyone has different accessibility needs]