This article discusses ableism, or the way in which people with disabilities are discriminated against. It's an interesting read, and something I thought some of you may be interested in.
I want everyone to think about ways in which we can counteract this discriminatory ideas, and how we can challenge the traditional notion of a disabled person. Not everyone with an illness or disability fits perfectly into the mould, and this can make it hard to avoid accusations of being lazy or a faker.
In one of my sociology lectures, we discussed the idea that you don't see privilege when you are in it. If you are wealthy, you don't see poverty, if you are white, you don't see racism. So for those of us with a disability, it is pretty easy to see discrimination. Less so for others. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can challenge ourselves to see things that don't affect us directly, we can challenge others to see the things that do affect us, but maybe not them. We can encourage others to see ableism, and to try and do something about it. We can share articles like the one above, and challenge the way people thin
Have you ever felt discriminated against because of your illness? What do you think we can do about this?