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Allegedly the US government intends to use social media to catch disabled “fakers”. This really isn’t a surprise to most disabled people.

We are already judged every day for not meeting the inaccurate prejudiced narrow views of #Disability

nytimes.com/2019/03/10/us/…
The people who scream at blind people for using phones, wheelchair users for moving their legs & people with mental health conditions for laughing, think they are doing some service to the real “deserving disabled”.

This only harms & isolates disabled people.
Portrayals of disability are so negative that we are automatically fakers for leaving the house, having a job, a sex life, enjoying sports, using technology, buying a luxury item, or simply being happy.
Honestly, I fully expect my social media activism to be used against me in a future disability assessment. My joyful accounts of personal achievements, social life & work to be evidence that I’m undeserving of financial support.
I am currently privileged & in work but my meagre disability living allowance helps me with the costs of my disability. The £429 glasses & the £60 taxis I have to take.

One day I might not be in work, like 75% of visually impaired people. Then that money will be my income.
Honestly, I’d be a rich woman if I got £1 for every time someone tutted at me using my phone or reading a packet in a shop, or for every troll who demanded to know how I use social media “if I’m really blind”.

I’d be swimming in it compared to the £23 ish a week I get.
These policies only embolden the tutters & the trolls. They’ll scroll through social media finding a picture of me without my cane or doing something they think is impossible for “a blind woman” like going on a hike or watching a film. They will feel empowered by their ignorance
This is one of the main reason online activism is so important because every day we try to break down the misinformation & prejudice attitudes. We rebel against the loathing of disability by living bold positive lives. But we risk the ever ready accusing finger & the hatred.
It’s also why we need DISABLED actors playing DISABLED people. We need real & accurate representations of disability. Not the constant diet of incapable tragic & unhappy performances that enforce the view of disability as inherently negative & lacking.
So hello 👋 to whoever is reading my twitter account to catch me out for being a fake & take away my benefits!

Don’t worry I’ve got A LOT of paper work & good knowledge of the policies underpinning the system.

Also I’m here every day to fight against you.

Bring. It. On.
For more of my reflections on the impact of misconceptions around low vision please read my blog post caneadventures.blog/2018/10/13/nar…
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