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If your idea of what a disabled / neurodivergent person needs is to be more "normal", to "fit in" with society, to no longer be disabled / ND, to be as much like abled people as possible, and to be surrounded only be abled people...you're gonna fail a lot of us.
Some of us need some of those things, some of the time. But we also need #DisabledPride, #neurodiversity, authenticity and acceptance as we are, consistent access to our disabled community, appreciation of disabled ways of being / doing, and full accessibility.
Abled people are so often so insistent that what we need is to...not be ourselves. We're trained to suppress our autistic traits, to hide our chronic pain and walk without mobility aids, etc. Therapies and cures and so on designed to make us into abled, "normal" people.
Some disabled / ND people do want to be abled, and should be supported. But if you treat that as the automatic, certain goal for every disabled person, you're wrong and you're doing harm.
Many of us don't want to be you. We're content being disabled.
What we want is to live in a world that values us equally, where we can participate in all aspects of society equally, where we are perceived and represented with nuance and fairness, where our voices are centred in discussions about us.
One of the most important things that many disabled people need support with is getting people to recognise our agency. We constantly have decisions made for us by abled folks. Challenge that. Amplify our voices, help us access disabled community and resources by disabled people.
Recognising and encouraging our agency / autonomy is far more important and urgent than trying to make us normal.
So many abled people seemingly have this idea that disabled = bad, abled = good. So they try to minimise our disabilities or cure them altogether, thinking that becoming like them is what's best for us. It's often not. Change your narrow society, not us.
Normality is a narrow idea, reserved for certain types of people. Deconstruct that idea instead of trying to destroy my disability - because yes, making me abled would be destroying something of me, not fixing something.
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