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Stop Using Intelligence-Based Insults If You Care About Disabled People

Content warning: uncensored ableist slurs.   For the majority of people on the internet, intelligence-based insults are a must-have if you want to survive the battlefields that social media tends to harbour. Almost every online space I’ve entered usually results in a battle of perceived intelligence. Sooner or later, even formal and respectful conversations between activists can turn into competitions of who can infer that one is ‘stupider’ than the other. Insults that are hinged


Having a Disabled Family Member Doesn’t Make You an Expert on Ableism

I was recently watching a television performance where an abled woman was singing ‘for’ her autistic brother. The song was “My Body is a Cage” by Peter Gabriel, and she was even interviewed where she described what an emotional and powerful experience it was for her, as her brother is (apparently) caged by his own body and unable to communicate and express his experiences. The underlying message of this entire performance is that the abled


Here’s Why It’s Important to Use Alternatives to Ableist Slurs

Image: Wired Content warning: uncensored ableist slurs, asylums There are multiple different ways that I experience ableism as a disabled person. Not only do I have Tourette syndrome, but I also have mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The more that I have learned about ableism and disabled issues, the more I realize just how normalized it is. From using disabilities as metaphors to making our language and the spaces that we use inaccessible


Congress Is Considering a Bill That Attacks the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

Congress is considering the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, a disastrous bill that reforms the decades-old Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This bill attacks the civil rights of people with disabilities and should under no circumstances be signed into law. Passed in 1990, the ADA is a federal law that, according to the ADA National Network, “prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and


Charleena Lyles was a Disabled Black Woman Who was Shot and Killed By Police In Front of Her Children – And the Media Continues to Erase Her Identity

Yes, you read that right. Charleena Lyles was a thirty-year-old disabled black single mother, who was fatally shot in her apartment by Seattle Police Department on June 18. SPD responded to a call made by Lyles saying that there was a burglary taking place at her apartment, and at some point, Lyles displayed a knife and these two officers shot and killed Ms. Lyles in front of her children, knowing that Ms. Lyles was several


Miranda Sings Needs To Stop Harming The Disabled Community

Content warning: ableist slurs, ableism, slut shaming, mention of rape culture Miranda Sings is considered one of the trailblazers of the YouTube community. Colleen Ballinger, creator and actress of the character, made the channel in 2008 and it has since exceeded 1.2 billion views and 7 million subscribers. For me, Miranda Sings was one of the first YouTubers I watched and thus I have a personal attachment to her. If I had a long, hard


No, Donald Trump Is Not “Crazy” — And Here’s Why

Content warning: ableist slurs. When discussing the current president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, it is easy to write him off as “crazy”, “dumb” and an “idiot”. It is a short and simple way of describing what we think of him, which often ridicules his intelligence and is funny to all of us, right? Actually, dismissing Trump as someone who is “crazy” is quite harmful. A quick look into the history of


How to Stay in Your Lane – A Quick Guide to Becoming a Better Ally

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re in no way related to an issue being debated? Or have you ever spoken on an issue that you know nothing about and have done no research on? Chances are, if you’ve done these, you are in serious need of learning to stay in your lane. With this quick and easy guide, you’ll be a lane-stayer pro in no time. Step One: Recognize whether or not


Apparently, Canada Thinks Disabled People Are Too Expensive

Now we all know on the day of November 8th, 2016 was officially the death of America as we knew it. Pictures surfaced of people crying, protests exploded immediately after the news hit the internet, and Canada’s immigration website had crashed down. As far as I knew, when my eyes read that Trump had won the electoral college over, my heart had sunk down into my stomach, and the only word that was somewhat present

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