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This is #InspirationPorn and thus #ableist.

This tweet names only one actor pictured (Shia LaBeouf), and completely erases the other (Zack Gottsagen).

It paints treating a visibly disabled person with basic human decency as something heroic - which also implies it‘s optional.
Some things that don’t make you a hero:

- treating a disabled person well
- existing in the same space as a disabled person
- working with a disabled person
- employing a disabled person
- helping a disabled person

Try seeing disabled people as of equal worth as abled people.
It is a sad testament to how society sees disabled people, when treating us as equals to abled people is considered special, optional...

You don‘t deserve a cookie for treating disabled people well.

Disabled people don‘t exist so abled people can feel good about themselves.
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Just today alone, my 300-pound power chair almost fell over/on me twice as sidewalks, driveways, streets are so inaccessible. I can barely get around the 1-2 mile radius of where I live. I’m sending Roads and Drainage an email, please do the same, here are some highlights #ATL
Streets with no sidewalks, streets with sidewalks and driveways so destroyed and steep my 300-pound chair (which is capable of mild terrain, but not all are) can’t handle it, streets with little to no bike lanes or lighting so cars hit me at night while I deal with this
If you build sidewalks but leave cones behind, if you dump bins, shatter glass, leave holes/electric poles/bushes/trees/embedded metal bits/power lines in the middle of sidewalks, if you put trash bags on broken crosswalks and leave them broken... wtfyd #DisabledATL #ATL
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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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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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Let’s walk this #InspirationPorn out.

It’s common for loved ones to push us disableds to hide or “overcome” disability, esp for milestones. It’s not safe or healthy. He likely suffered doing this. His choice.

But why do ableds think standing is better? What are your tears for?
Years ago, an ex told their boss (w/ me present) “This is the woman I’m going to marry.” We were at his work on a date. I was too sick to dance. I was “lesser” for it. He controlled, isolated, abused me when I was too sick to pass, only loved me when I could. Common story.
There’s no context to the video @Trevornoah posted. The groom is an object. “He’s trying, how beautiful!” What about those who stayed in wheelchairs? Their unbroadcasted, non-viral weddings are beautiful. Is their trying or love lesser? Why is disabled suffering glorified?
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More of why #InspirationPorn is harmful to disabled folks: In TV/films, you rarely see us disabled go through 100s of appts, procedures, hospital stays, insurance fights, alone. Reality: the scariest times, we endure alone. But “too much” medical care/loneliness wouldn’t sell.
So disabled folks are surrounded by false societal projections foisting bad expectations on us. If we need high care or loved ones aren’t present for that care, it’s projected as “wrong” and the wrong is with us. Not with media, medicine, ableds for failing disabled reality.
Some ableds do this deliberately bc actual disability discomforts them. A film will only show one infusion, a show will cut various appts (even medical shows) bc disabled plots are so focused on answers or “getting better,” when many disabilities have no cure, don’t get better.
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