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Disabled disability writer. Bylines: @TheNation, @TheProspect, etc. Contact: Sluterman at gmail dot com
Oct 4, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
I really wish all the panicked, breathless newspaper articles about “banning” clapping at universities would do a little basic research and stop calling sign language applause “jazz hands.” A little history: The #neurodiversity movement picked up sign language applause because the noise can be painful for some #ActuallyAutistic people. We started doing this in the 1990’s when we started doing IRL events like Autreat. Noise isn’t such a big deal on Usenet or IRC.