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Victoria Brownworth @VABVOX
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I was paralyzed on Aug 26, 2016.
It changed my life forever.
Fortunately I was able to access a community of #disabled writers, artists, musicians and more on here.
It helped me survive.
I met the fantastic Alice Wong who does @DisVisibility from whom I have learned so much.
I already knew @nicolaz who is a terrific writer friend and disability rights activist. She introduced me to more people.
One night I met @MortuaryReport on here. Then @Keah_Maria. Then @Tinu. And my dear friend @PKhakpour.
And everyone's best activist pal, @morethanmySLE.
I watched @Mattbc do extraordinary work pro bono for people. @Nataliew1020 models every day what it is to love your severely #disabled child with all your heart.
And so many others dealing with chronic illness and #disability and mental illness--all helping others to navigate.
So when someone I know sent out a tweet suggesting having Twitter fam was psycho, I explained that was an #ableist response, a bad tweet and talked about marginalized communities.

The response was shocking and hard to fathom.
But non-#disabled people don't "get" #disability.
1 in 5 Americans is #disabled.
We are the largest minority in America.
And we struggle every day to be in the world that is made to thwart us at literally every turn & conspires to keep us hidden & isolated.

Social media allows us connections we might not otherwise have.
Knowing Alice Wong exists --because Nicola Griffith introduced us--made my life better. Meeting Porochista and charting her brave struggle has made it easier to navigate my own because I don't feel as alone in it.

These relationships don't diminish the ones I have IRL.
I would urge non-disabled people to recognize you could be me--suddenly #disabled--& your life could change in literal seconds. I relive those seconds often. I have #PTSD because of those seconds. But there are others on here with that, too.

Sharing experience is sustaining.
So make the space in your healthy, non-#disabled lives to understand that not everyone is you and not everyone has people to love and support and understand them and having that community--wherever you find it--is vital to leading a better, fuller life.

Expand your thinking.
I try to be patient in explaining these things to people.
But it gets exhausting.
Everyone knows someone with a #disability.

Who do you want to be in 2019?
Maybe be nicer, kinder, better.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
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