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So I'm at a physics conference this week in Lecce, Italy. Some of you wonder how that works given that I'm Deaf and probably don't know Italian Sign Language. Well... 1/N #deaf #interpreters #asl #access #physics
In most cases, I can just request ASL interpreters (yes, American Sign Language interpreters) months in advance. Who pays for it? Good question. That's something I've fortunately been mostly kept out of the loop on, rather than the discussions that happen at the conference! 2/N
But so we get terps set up months in advance, great. They're ASL, because I've barely had the chance to pick up any other language and it's my secondary mode of communication. ASL terps are hard to find in non-English speaking countries... UK too! UK uses BSL primarily. 3/N
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Here’s my latest update to the list of Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags.

- previous update 02.24.19 -

Please share it! Thank you. :-)

@ImageAltText Graffiti background. Foreground in white letters on a  red background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”
There will be a PDF version up for download on my Ko-fi, likely tomorrow morning. The link is at the end.
Hashtags For Personal Narratives.

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

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@misskeelahrose @readingquietly @threadreaderapp This is nothing short of atrocious. I just did a search to see what lead up to Keelah's bigoted attack on this person.…

There was no interaction between them until 14 hours ago.
@misskeelahrose @readingquietly @threadreaderapp Let's archive this…

and then do a slightly more advanced search. Did @readingquietly ever write anything about Keelah?
@misskeelahrose @readingquietly @threadreaderapp A search says no.……

No mention of her by said user. This looks like an unprovoked attack. An unprovoked bigoted attack.

This is blatant. #AbledsAreWeird
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Let’s talk bodies, self, and the ethical use of biotechnology. A thread on what a human is, the differences between individuals, and autonomy as the bedrock principle of the biotechnological age. 1/x
Here’s the previous discussion on science, legitimacy, and social capital if you missed it
I’m a molecular biologist. I work with the bits and pieces of biology that are shared by every single living thing on this planet - DNA, RNA, and protein. 3/x
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Three weeks ago I was abruptly informed that my internship would be ending early as a result of the "unpredictable nature" of my chronic illness/disability...

Hold tight, y'all. This is gonna be a thread. 1/?
Even tho there is only one month left in the semester.
Even tho my clinical skills are consistently referred to as excellent.
Even tho I was the first social worker and first intern to present at Grand Rounds in my department and my recommendations are already being implemented.
But apparently my track record for pushing back against oppressive policies matters more than my skills. And my disability is an easy target.
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Shout-out to the camp counselor who told me I couldn't use the special wheelchair our group brought with us on a hike because I needed to INSPIRE the others to keep going. I was about eight months or so into healing from a spinal reconstruction and in agony. :) #AbledsAreWeird
Seriously, though. I was sixteen and sobbing and if a child in agony inspires you - it might be time to reassess your priorities. My personal camp counselor - one of the ones in charge of me - was the true MVP though because she was a physical therapist/masseuse
and literally the only reason I made it through that hike.
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One time, I was invited to give a talk at a university about sign language studies. I gave the talk in ASL with the interpreters. After 45 minutes, my first question was "how did you get here?" It implied I couldn't get to the university without help. #AbledsAreWeird
When I was a first year student, my head resident advisor called me to dinner. During our conversation, he told me that he didn't occur to him that deaf people could go to school, work, drive, talk, have children, and etc. Hmm "Deaf" and "dead" spell differently. #AbledsAreWeird
At airport after I've landed, an attendant waits for me with a wheelchair. I as a deaf person need communication access. To them, the default accommodation is a wheelchair. I am not sure how it helps with communication but I ?appreciate? the effort. #AbledsAreWeird
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If you’re pissed off or personally attacked by #AbledsAreWeird you need to take a step back and realise this is the ONE time abled people are being actively ostracised. We as disabled people CONSTANTLY put up with shit like this. All the jokes, all the comments, all the rudeness
All the “I tried to be so nice to them and they were rude to me!!!” “You’re so ungrateful!!!” “It was just a harmless question!!!” “You deserve to be disabled!!!”

All the looks and the glares and the pushing aside and the inspiration porn and being treated like shit
And if you think “well that person was just being a dick” to some of the posts, you are NEARLY getting the point. Abled people are dicks to us as a community and as individuals pretty much constantly. That’s why it exists. To show that no, you won’t get away with it anymore.
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Diagnosed with PTSD and severe depression in my mid-20s. Extensive medical treatment. A very long journey. In no particular order, common offerings from well-meaning people:

-- Have you tried thinking positively?
-- Everyone is sad sometimes.
-- Exercise!

The lack of knowledge about mental health disabilities is especially frustrating because you can tell so many people really do want to be helpful as long as it means not putting any more effort into said help beyond describing things that help them relax. Incredibly frustrating.
And it's not that things like yoga, exercise, a good diet, sleep hygiene, etc. can't be helpful to negotiate symptoms. It's when these things are presented to us 1) as though it's the first time we're hearing them and 2) as substitutes for therapy and meds that it's frustrating.
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