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2/ My name is Serieve M. Andrews. I'm 35. Born extremely premature, I have a significant #BrainInjury,
right-sided #CerebralPalsy, Scoliosis, and Chronic Sciatica.

#Chronicallyill from
1997 onwards with a variety of puzzling symptoms, in 2014 an abdominal surgery changed 2/
my life. I got my life back. I was #healthy for the first time in 17 years. Additionally, after 5 years of client-centered, #TraumaInformed trauma #therapy, I was ready to return to school. I was volunteering at various organizations simultaneously, and life was improving. 3/
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In case you are unaware, I want to take a minute to fill you on how *harmful* Twitter has been for #disabled people for the past few weeks.

Tweets from 2 different disabled activists generated similar viral responses, unleashing repeated waves of #ableism & dehumanizing insults.
@Imani_Barbarin tweeted about meal delivery app drivers refusing to bring her food directly to her door despite her mobility issues

@coffeespoonie tweeted about being repeatedly denied service by rideshare drivers because of either her service dog, her wheelchair, or both.
Both of these women shared experiences of discrimination that are *not* isolated or uncommon, & #disabled twitter echoed their tweets with additional stories as well

The responses however have been BRUTAL, & display just how much #ableism we face to simply exist in public spaces
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Trumps never miss an opportunity to punch down. Attacking Biden for his stutter is ableist and harmful to #disabled kids. FIVE PERCENT of kids go through a period of stuttering and 1% never overcome the disability. Still more have cerebral palsy &Tourette's. Vile.
#CripTheVote
Biden is a politician. This may make his stomach flip over as it did mine, but he isn't harmed by it. But I think of my friend's kid with cerebral palsy, how he struggles to speak do to his spasticity and #disability and how this gross #ableism harms kids like him.
#CripTheVote
*due
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#DisabilityTwitter #Madison disabled students need your help. Please spread the word & if you have expertise or clout also email the school board. Madison plans to buy a multi-million dollar facility to house (segregate) “alternative” students, aka disabled students, esp BIPOC.
Let @MMSDschools know that disabled students deserve to be integrated & included not isolated & incarcerated. This is the same district where a black disabled girl’s braids were ripped out & a black disabled teen was pinned & punched by 3 police officers. That’s just THIS YEAR!
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THREAD: Bet you can name a fictional white dwarf character but probably don’t know that one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time – who helped launch Ella Fitzgerald’s career – was a black man with dwarfism?

Oh you didn’t?

Well allow me to introduce…

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“One of the great #jazz drummers and bandleaders of the 1920s and 30s”, William ‘Chick’ Henry Webb was born February 10 1909.

He grew up in #Baltimore, USA.

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Congenital tuberculosis of the spine caused his short stature. Chick was just over 4’0” and he had a hunched back.

He started drumming – buying his first drums with wages earned from delivering newspapers – to loosen stiffness in his joints and increase upper body strength.

3/
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Please read the work by disabled people on why this rhetoric & conflation is harmful to the disability community @AndrewYang & everyone else giving their hot takes on the
#ElPasoShooting

#CripTheVote #ableism #sanism #MentalHealth #SuckItAbleism #ElPaso
By @MADtastically & @Azza_Alt:

Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased Surveillance

americanprogress.org/issues/disabil…

By @Imani_Barbarin:

Ableism Is the Go-To Disguise for White Supremacy. Too Many People Are Falling for It.

rewire.news/article/2018/1…
By @sesmith:

Don’t Blame the Mentally Ill. Blame the Guns.

thenation.com/article/dont-b…

Video from @RootedInRights:

People With Mental Health Disabilities Shut Down Dangerous Ideas About Gun Violence

rootedinrights.org/video/people-w…
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Thread: #Ableism
It is 'how-to-dress-for-academic-job-talks' season & many have pointed out the race/class/gender dimensions of these standards, but it's worth remembering that these standards need to be examined through the lens of disability, which is a part of 'diversity'...1/
...and if we claim are seriously interested in inclusivity/diversity in academia, we need to think about disability in how we design interviews & assess candidates.
Think about the recommended formal suits.
Uncomfortable, expensive & difficult to pull together on a budget. 2/
But, also, clipping an insulin pump or other medical equipment inside a suit can be a little difficult for some. If a suit appears ill-fitting, maybe we should check/assess our initial judgements. Additionally, many #disabled people also have sensory issues with some fabrics. 3/
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Let’s talk about the difference between this where Gabrielle Union emphasizes resources & information for disabled people over Terry Crews’ tweet that said we should eliminate the dis and focus on ability.
Crews employs ableist rhetoric that suggests one overcomes disability or that disability is antithetical to having talent. It suggests that disabled people can’t do things & we should be inspired be their existence.
Union’s tweet however emphasizes how our society needs to change to be more accepting and accessible to all people so that disabled folks specifically here have the chance to develop to their full potential & live full lives.
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[THREAD] CW: Graphic descriptions of abuse, images of open sores, children crying.

Evidence of over 50,000 people being abused in Uganda. Adults and young children given bleach to drink. Unpaid independent #actuallyautistic investigator @fionapettit71 is threatened.
CW: Graphic descriptions of abuse, images of open sores, children crying.

Evidence of over 50,000 people including children abused in Uganda by cult introduced by Westerners.
fionaolearyblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/mms…
CW: Descriptions of abuse, image of child abuse.

Evidence of over 50,000 people including children abused in Uganda by cult introduced by Westerners.
theguardian.com/world/2019/may…
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Wtf?! This goes against the tenets of #disability studies, by critiquing #neurodiversity & making claims like “disability is not a ‘gift’ that anyone w/ an acute moral sense would give, celebrate, or fail to try to change in the direction of greater ability & less disability.”
Google doc pdf made available here: drive.google.com/file/d/1gwcXmG…
Maybe I’m extra salty this AM but I feel compelled to respond. Over HALF of the citations in this article are back to articles published by the lead author. How is that even permissible? How is this original research or thinking & not just inflammatory self-promotional BS?
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Ooooh this is so great! I’ve been waiting to see it come to fruition. @TempleUnivPress is officially launching #DisColor an academic book series on #race, #racism, #disability & #ableism with editors @JulieMinich, Cindy Wu & Nirmala Erevelles!

tupress.temple.edu/series/S-200
These editors are excelllent humans who have long term investments in the field, who have themselves been innovators in critical race disability theory. My book heart (& manuscript) is with @lizault & @DukePress, but others should seriously consider publishing in this series!
I plan to read every book in this series. I really think it’s gonna be that good.
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I’m sure what I think of this. I read three articles in it (will link as a thread) & I remain unsure how much of this is journalistic spin/interpretation. I just don’t think of the double as evil after my viewing of the film, it’s way more complicated than that...
Variety short piece: variety.com/video/lupita-n…
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Oh PETA wants to go? Let’s go. Thread on why their campaign is ableist & their tokenization of a single disabled person is also, surprise, ableist.
The ad campaign in the mall featuring a disabled man, who is apparently an activist with PETA, relies on the ableist notion that disability is nothing but suffering & pain.
Rather than critiquing, for instance, our culture’s obsession w/ cure at all costs which has “justified” animal cruelty, PETA chose to perpetuate ableist ideas about disabled ppl suffering due to their disability alone & not because of some combination of oppression & bodyminds.
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I need someone with time & skills to do a detailed discourse analysis of the responses to @SelmaBlair’s #OscarAwards look on social media. It for now here’s my quick morning take, a thread particularly for nondisabled folks.
Among my #DisabilityRights, #disabilityjustice & #disabilitystudies comrades, there’s excitement about the power of representation. Blair’s look, like hashtags #DisabledAndCute & #DisabledPeopleAreHot, demonstrate disabled bodyminds & accoutrements like canes can be attractive
However, some of the general comments on images & stories of Blair, while seemingly “positive,” are DEEPLY #ableist in that they rely on notions of bravery, pity, overcoming & shock at the attractiveness of a disabled bodyminds. Let’s break down the problems with each response.
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Just heard about #puppetgate.
I’m autistic. I’ve done my share of acting. I love puppets and puppetry.
I do *not* like whatever the hell that grey goblin thing is supposed to be. Whatever it is, it’s not supposed to be human, but you know, I guess that’s the entire point.
Society already sees us as subhuman. Like we don’t have joys and pleasures, or if we do, we’re told not to enjoy them and not to express that joy. They shock us into acting normal because if we don’t, we get ostracised for our autism. Not our ‘autistic traits’, out autism.
So every day we act. We act normal. We act neurotypical. We act allistic. We act like we don’t care about superheroes or anime or Disney or space or whatever SI all that much. We act like certain textures don’t bother us, when they do. We act like we don’t samefood, which we do.
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Thread alert! If you want to learn more in #disabilitystudies there are a lot of open access resources. Let’s start with Disability Studies Quarterly (dsq-sds.org), one of the leading journals in the field, which is 100% open access.
Other open acces journals include Disability in the Global South (dgsjournal.org) & Review of Disability Studies (with a delay: rds.hawaii.edu)
I personally link to my articles on my website & anything that is behind a paywall I put up as soon as I’m allowed under the publishing contract. I particularly recommend the convo between @JulieMinich, Jina B. Kim & me in the open access journal Lateral.

samischalk.com/articles/
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I don’t have all the words for it yet, but if you don’t have Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (@brownstargirl)’s new book Care Work, you need to go buy it right now. Now. Especially if you are disabled or a person of color or a femme or all of the above. It is...exceptional.
It reminds me of the intensely political, personal, fierce, healing writing of 80s WOC feminists like Audre Lorde & Gloria Anzaldúa. This book is intellectually & emotionally powerful. I’m buying copies for friends. I’m so blown away, so moved—truly a game changing collection.
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Annoyed thread: A person named Kris Lint, who has left a whopping 327 comments on the SyFy channel’s website, decided to write an extended comment on my interview on #disability & scifi about how he can’t think of one #disabled person who knows who wouldn’t “jump for a cure.”
Kris says disabilities aren’t things people want, just things people are forced to overcome. Kris says no parent wants a disabled child.
Kris then proceeded to say I’m ignorant for thinking tech should aim to create a more #accessible world rather than focus exclusively on cure. If anyone out there knows Kris Lint, leading commenter on the SyFy channel website, please tell them to kindly fuck all of the way off.
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Read this brief thread & the conversation that follows. How does the #bodypositivity movement perpetuate #ableism & exclude #disabled people? Whose bodies & abilities do we value & whose do we still deem not suitable for public life?
Also, if you’re not familiar with it, I highly recommend reading @miamingus’s “Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability”

leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/mov…
Unrelated: My phone autocorrected “Beyond” to “Beyonce” twice so that tells you a little bit about me...
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Can we for real make #collectyourcousins a thing? Black folks are constantly collecting their cousins bc 1 black person acting a fool can have far reaching consequences for all of us. White folks don’t seem to feel as implicated by the failures or foolishness of other white folks
I propose #collectyourcousins as a call to allies to come respond to racist (sexist, cissexist, ableist, homophobic) comments by similarly identified people. White women collecting white women. Straight men collecting straight men. Cis folks collecting cis folks.
The appeal of #collectyourcousins in two-fold for me. 1: Privileged folks often respond defensively especially to marginalized folks calling them on such privilege or ignorance. They have a harder time being dismissive of folks with shared identities.
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I’m working on a book on #ableism, but the best way to know what it is and how it impacts people is to know disabled people.

Who are some of the disabled people you follow on Twitter?

(Please do not include parents of disabled people. They aren’t disabled.)
To clarify, I’m asking because I want all of us to follow more disabled people, myself included. Not all ableism is rooted in ignorance, but some is. Knowing disabled people helps abled people know better (in theory, at least, not always in practice).
I wasn’t really looking for volunteers to help with this project, but I will definitely be in touch with those of you who have offered! I am disabled but the disabled community is so diverse that I know my perspectives and experiences aren’t universal.
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A5. I was super-annoyimg about whether to disclose once I reached acceptance of my situation.

So I wrote about it on my small business blog. And people embraced me so warmly. #spooniechat
A5. I learned that a LOT of people are disabled entrepreneurs and hiding it. #Ableism is that strong. The culture is that focused on working yourself into an early grave.

I feel compelled and happy to help if I can.

#SpoonieChat
A5. #SpoonieChat helped me so much.
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Confused about person-first language? Is it acceptable or not? Here's a brief history on PFL and how it went from etiquette to ableism: #pfl #ableism #acutallyautistic
In 1983, at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, a brave group of activists stood up at a health conference and made a declaration which would later be known as The Denver Principles. It was a profound treatise on human rights in the medical profession which lives on to this day.
The Denver Principles opens with "We condemn attempts to label us as "victims," a term which implies defeat, and we are only occasionally "patients," a term which implies passivity, helplessness, and dependence upon the care of others. We are "People With AIDS."
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When fighting Ableism, straw bans, inaccessibility, or the general oppression of society, I am uncomfortable that we tend to resort to, "What if you/your kid/your spouse/your friend/family member was disabled & needed this?"

It paints disability as something negative & to fear.
We can, or should be able to, state our truth, or the existence of others' truths, without relying on using hypothetical scenarios that target subconscious negative views and beliefs held by society. #Disabled #DisabledTwitter #StrawBan #Ableism #FightWithoutFears
And just a reminder aside that simulations of disability and disabled life are often harmful, and have been scientifically shown to have a negative impact on an individual's view regarding disability and life with one. #Disabled #DisabledTwitter #FightWithoutFear
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