Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
ysabetwordsmith

Ability Advantages

There are advantages to having an ordinary level of mobility.

But you know what I noticed?  Many of those advantages are frangible.  It's easy to lose them, not just by being disabled, but also by being ... female, brown, poor, short, Pagan, queer, fat, old, or all sorts of other groups that are outside the core of what is considered most desirable and powerful.  All the statements are true if they include "because of my ability level."  But take that out, and many of those are things I constantly hear about people being denied for many other reasons.

If you are able-bodied, try not to assume that disabled people share all the same advantages you do.  There are things you probably won't notice or think of given your differing life experiences.

If you are disabled, try not to assume that able-bodied people all have the advantages you're missing out on, because plenty of folks will have lost those and/or others for reasons that may not be obvious to you.

In other words, treat each other gently and respectfully, and don't act like a jerk.  As best you can, try to compensate for each other's strengths and weaknesses.
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