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#Ableism in the #portlandprotests and in practicing our first amendment. Be aware that cops don’t give a shit.

(The Facebook post in the screen shots is long as hell, so best accessibility options? I’ll thread it and unroll.)…
I was CC’d in an email chain that included Mayor Wheeler and our City Commissioners regarding ADA violations by Portland Police. The response was dismissive at best. I responded, and want to share here for transparency.
For context, Commissioner Fritz said, quote, “ I don’t know of any ASL interpreters within the PPB, nor any who would be willing to be hired to provide the service in a volatile situation where demonstrators were attacking both police and SE residents.”
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I am an M2 at @harvardmed, and I am living with epilepsy. 10 years after my diagnosis, I share my story for the first time to combat the rampant #ableism in medicine that I have personally faced—as both a patient and a student. 1/
For many years, I struggled to overcome harsh medications, breakthrough seizures, and frequent hospitalizations. However, nothing compares to the professional and personal stigma I have experienced for having epilepsy. 2/
I never thought I would have a place in this profession. Now, 1 year into medical school, I am sharing what I wish someone told me. 3/
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This #DisabilityPrideMonth, I'll be sharing actionable tips for how you (yes, you!) can make STEM learning & workspaces more inclusive to those of us who are #DisabledInSTEM.

#AltText will be available for every graphic. New tips will be added to this thread. Creating an inclusive envir...
For more information on why using a microphone is an #accessibility issue, please read this post over at
@chronicle: In the foreground in the ph...
The #GRE is expensive, biased & a poor indicator of success in research. Getting approved for #accommodations takes 6 weeks & you need a dr. note (& therefore, insurance). If you're absent from your scheduled test (hello, unpredictable symptoms!), you forfeit your fee. #GREexit Creating an inclusive envir...
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My eyes move involuntarily, each one swinging to its own music. They’ve danced this way for as long as I can remember. I can’t see it myself, but the jeering kids let me know. The adults nudging me to wear sunglasses let me know. And trolls certainly let me know. Thread 1/5 I'm a Black woman standing with my hands at my waist, wearin
Our society criminalizes #disability. Countless books & films allege eyes reveal a person’s soul, then deliberately give the evil characters abnormal eyes. Not all of them, of course, but enough to influence the public’s perception of eyes like mine. #Ableism 2/5
The #blind community has many stories of police glancing at our eyes & immediately assuming intoxication, illegal substance use, or criminal intent. Those of us who are blind and Black face the dual forces of #ableism and racism. #BlackDisabledLivesMatter 3/5
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Let's talk about #ableism and #disability.

I don't get into politics on here, and I'm not about to start now. What I am going to do, however, is point out how current political conversations are feeding into the dehumanization of disabled people. (1/?)
This thread is not in support of Trump, Obama, or any political party. I do not, and will not, discuss my political affiliation here. These tweets will also not be weighing in on whether or not Trump is disabled. That is none of my business. (2/?)
What this thread *will* be discussing is the blatant ableism I have been seeing on all parts of the political spectrum.

Let's go:

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Hey followers - there's over 3000 of you but we don't know each other very well.

For years now I've been sharing issues ranging from #disabilityrights, being #autistic in an #ableist society, to #vaccines, #MMIW, #alttext, #Dyslexia, #dyspraxic, #Epilepsy, #racism, #PTSD,
#depression, #domesticabuse being the cores of what I share and lands in your timelines.

I've recently shared with you all that I'm in a process of reclamation - my culture, my identity, my gender, my sexual preferences - all of it.

So now you know my skin is white passing
but I am also part #Aboriginal and that matters deeply to me and I won't be erased anymore.

I am #pansexual. I don't need you to be of any particular gender to be attracted to you.

I am a #nonbinary #femme. But I also lean heavy in masc traits sometimes too.

I am #disabled
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Yesterday had a mentor tell me that I am in a position to be the bridge builder that I want to be. However, to do this, I have to privilege the feelings of the offenders - (unintentionally) ableist folks - in order to have my argument heard. #AcademicTwitter 1/
Is catering to the feelings of ableist researchers, reviewers, and collaborators the only way to get them to understand and see their #ableism? How do we get them to listen without shutting down and getting defensive? I understand this is hard, but I know it's possible. 2/
What about my feelings? When I do I get to privilege my own trauma? Many thanks to @StarFeuri @LABatChapman @katta_spiel and others for their foundational work in this space. You have given me a place to write from and I am grateful for it. 3/
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MEGAThread on Doug Ford Re: Social Assistance, Budget & Hypocrisy

May 15th 2020, Ford was asked if he'd top up disability assistance during the crisis, as many vulnerable folks are struggling to survive this crisis on the current, below poverty line amount given. His response:
However, on April 17th 2020 Doug Ford made this statement and committed that "I won't spare one penny to make sure that happens"
(Regarding the priority to "ensure the health & well-being of the people of Ontario"
In March, Ontario gave funding to foodbanks & non profits. That was their bandaid for the almost 1mill vulnerable folks on social assistance: giving charities funds so that those at high risk right now must go out & beg at an already overwhelmed foodbank.… Image
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This #AutismTownhall with @ASDalliance is already so embarassing. Autistic people. How hard is that to say?!

#cdnpoli #ActuallyAutistic #AutismAcceptance #NationalAutismStrategy
@JudySgroMP says " children afflicted with it"
And that until she met an autistic kid in parl, she had not thought about any of this. Why is she a leader on this?

....afflicted. #Ableism #NationalAutismStrategy
@MikeLakeMP says province deals with most autism issues but his son makes him think about diagnosis, early intervention, focusing on skills/abilities, employment and housing.

Then...implies DOOM when parents of autistic kids "are gone" ? Also uses PFL.
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Thread: Comparing the emergency response for vulnerable folks from British Columbia vs Ontario.

I want you to read this thread, then try to tell me that Ford is doing a "good job" for vulnerable Ontarians.

First, let's compare the provincial crisis response to homeless...
In Ontario, they still have the Safe Streets Act which police enforce. This act, if continued to be enforced, will cost lives of homeless people due to them needing to go to more dangerous lengths to not be seen by the police.…
In Ontaro, social programs have been cut, the foodbank is limited to 1 trip per month, ppl are still expected to live on the streets. They opened a respite centre in Ottawa to shower, not to stay at.…
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#thread on ableist language: I’ve seen a lot of Madison folks using ableist language to talk about the #pandemic protesters & I want to talk briefly about why this language is harmful on multiple levels to disabled ppl & to the cause of collective liberation. CW: ableist language
The most common thing I see is folks referring to protesters as crazy, insane, mental, nutjobs, etc. This language suggests all the protesters (yesterday 1.5k in Madison) have psychiatric disabilities & often imply that as a result they’re dangerous or not worth taking seriously.
This discursive approach is ableist bc it suggests that people with psych disabilities are inherently dangerous, dismissible, disposable, etc. It adds to the oppression of folks with psych disabilities, relies on this oppression to be effective.
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I've known I have #ADHD for 4 years. I've known I'm #dyslexic & Autistic for 2 months. This semester, I've spent enormous time/energy understanding what this means for me. I am relieved & unbelievably excited; I've found an incredible #ActuallyAutistic community through Twitter;
& for the FIRST time in my life (let that sink in) I'm seeing other people talk about experiences that mirror my own. I understand myself in a way that I have tried to find words for my entire life. (TY @SNeurotypicals @steve_asbell @autistictic @A_Silent_Child) #ActuallyAutistic
I'm also navigating grief. I now see the ways I'm called to & do invalidate, erase, & hurt myself in the "necessary" betrayal of my needs to exist in a neurotypical, "appropriate" way. Camouflaging causes negative health outcomes & creates #healthdisparities #NMHM2020 #Autistic
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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.
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.
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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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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

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

Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased Surveillance…

By @Imani_Barbarin:

Ableism Is the Go-To Disguise for White Supremacy. Too Many People Are Falling for It.…
By @sesmith:

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

Video from @RootedInRights:

People With Mental Health Disabilities Shut Down Dangerous Ideas About Gun Violence…
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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.…
CW: Descriptions of abuse, image of child abuse.

Evidence of over 50,000 people including children abused in Uganda by cult introduced by Westerners.…
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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:…
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!
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:…
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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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