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When fighting Ableism, straw bans, inaccessibility, or the general oppression of society, I am uncomfortable that we tend to resort to, "What if you/your kid/your spouse/your friend/family member was disabled & needed this?"

It paints disability as something negative & to fear.
We can, or should be able to, state our truth, or the existence of others' truths, without relying on using hypothetical scenarios that target subconscious negative views and beliefs held by society. #Disabled #DisabledTwitter #StrawBan #Ableism #FightWithoutFears
And just a reminder aside that simulations of disability and disabled life are often harmful, and have been scientifically shown to have a negative impact on an individual's view regarding disability and life with one. #Disabled #DisabledTwitter #FightWithoutFear
I know WHY we tend to do it. However, we shouldn't need to rely on that. Humanizing an issue shouldn't be more difficult because a disability is involved.

After all, people care a whole bunch about those sea turtles even though they don't own one. #Disabled #FightWithoutFear

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Sep 17, 2018
Scientist on 60 minutes discussing technology and disability: "Technology is freeing, removes the shackles of disability, and one day will eliminate all disability."

This view of disability is rife with fallacies.
For one, there is the social model of disability which argues that disability is to be accepted, even celebrated, and that societal barriers not the disability itself are greater limitations on disabled people.
By advocating for eradicating disabilities, you promote an ableist view of disability that disability and disabled people are meant to be cured. That disabled people are worth less to, or a strain on, society because they are not typical.

You also eliminate diversity.
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