I saw the first episode of this season’s #AbbottElementary and I was crying bc I had a Ms. Howard too.

When I was in elementary school, my first Black teacher was my 4th grade educator Ms. Crutchfield. I loved her, she felt like family.

I was the only physically disabled kid
In Class. I use crutches and in class, figuring out where to put them was a bit of a mess. They needed to be in reach so I would put them on the floor or try to lean them against something, but they would wind up tripping either the other kids or Ms Crutchfield.
It was a constant dance of figuring out where they should be, until one day, I walked into class and there were broom clips nailed into the side of my desk.

Over the weekend, she had had her husband come in and install them and they helped affix my crutches parallel
To my desk so they were close and not on the floor.

I never forgot it and to this day have broom clips around my home to hold my crutches.

It’s that love I felt watching the season 2 premier of Abbott. We as Black disabled kids didn’t get much representation. So to see them
Get it so right and not make the disabled kids the but of a joke made my inner kid sing.

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And not just me, disability advocates have been trying to get you to advocate for our accessibility for decades.

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You know exactly what to do, you just don’t want to do it, it’s too hard, vote first and then we’ll get to the things you WANT.

I want my fucking life.

Do you even know the issues facing disabled people
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Like… the right to vote has always been difficult to exercise for disabled people and we’ve told you that if you don’t pay attention to disabled peoples needs, it would make problems for you.

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