"The late, disabled playwright John Belluso had a theory about why actors who play disabled characters often win Oscars: It is reassuring for the audience to see an actor like Daniel Day Lewis, after so convincingly portraying disability in My Left Foot, get up from his seat in the auditorium and walk to the stage to accept his award. There is a collective “Phew” as people see it was all an illusion. Society’s fear and loathing around disability, it seems, can be magically transcended."


Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor: The entertainment industry loves disabled characters—but not disabled actors

in the meantime, if we were allowed to see more representations of people with different disabilities in film, tv, pop culture and real life, that fear & loathing would dissipate, and we’d start to see disabilities as a normal part of life.

(via disabilityhistory)

"I hope that I will live one heartbeat longer than she does"


Content warning: This post is about sentiments leading to murder of people with disabilities. Proceed with caution.

At an autism conference recently, I heard the father of a 20 year old autistic man say in his speech to the whole conference, “I hope to live one heartbeat longer than he does. I’m sure many of you feel the same way about your children.”

That sentiment gets people killed. If you are the parent of a disabled child and you say things like this, it is a matter of life-and-death importance that you stop talking this way. The father who said this is probably entirely correct that many of the other parents in the audience felt the same way. I have heard this sentiment expressed by many other parents of children with disabilities (not just autism.)

Parents who hope to outlive their autistic children are talking about people who, barring tragedy, will almost certainly outlive their parents. Autism does not limit lifespan; most autistic people should live to be old. If you hope to outlive your autistic child, it means that you are hoping that their life will be tragically cut short. It means you think they’re better off dead than they would be living without you. That’s dangerous.

It’s not true. Nobody is better off dead. It is not a blessing to die young. Expressing a desire for someone to die young is not love. (People who say this may well love their children in other ways, but this sentiment is not love.)

Please stop implying that your child will be unable to live and be happy after you die. People just like your child live on in adulthood after their parents die, and your child can too. And they will have a much easier time of it if you accept that they will outlive you, and help them to prepare for their life without you.

The only way it’s likely to live a heartbeat longer than your autistic child is if you kill them and then yourself. Many parents who feel this way do exactly that. And, even if you would never kill your child, people who are considering committing murder can hear what you say. If you say that you hope to live a heartbeat longer than your child, it makes the murder that is the only way this can plausibly happen seem like a much more legitimate choice. Don’t give potential murders that kind of encouragement.

In the disability community, we observe a day of mourning and read a list of people with disabilities murdered by caregivers.

The list is long. And it’s only a list of the names we know. There are many others who died without making the news. 

I hope and pray that your child never ends up on this list. I hope and pray that they outlive you and have a happy and meaningful adulthood. I hope and pray that this list never gets any longer. 

One murder is too many. Not ever again.

Under the cut is the (as of this post) current list of the names we know. In loving memory; may these murders be the last:

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Disability Rights activists were working their asses off for my rights long before I was born. They fought hard to get me curb cuts and accessible bathrooms. They protested so my friends could get sign language interpreters in hospitals and braille menus at restaurants. They stood united when Congress wanted to exclude people with HIV from protection under the ADA. But in working so hard to ensure that my generation of crips would grow up on a better playing field, they had to make some concessions.

So what didn’t we get in the ADA?

Well, we didn’t get a lot of things. We didn’t get the right to services and supports in our own home, we didn’t get punitive damages, and we certainly didn’t get enforcement.



The ADA Is Not Enough by Stephanie Woodward

It’s very important to recognize the disability activists that brought the ADA into existence, as well as the ways our lives would be different without the ADA - including you, parents or guardians or babysitters with strollers, travelers with suitcases, athletes with temporary injuries, and countless other temporarily able-bodied groups.

It’s also absolutely crucial to recognize how much work we have left to do on this, the 24th anniversary of the ADA. The whole article linked above is fantastic and includes lots of details about those three areas - home support, punitive damages, and enforcement.

(via disabilityhistory)

So I don’t have the book near me (packed up ready for the move unfortunately) but Ruth Colker found in 2003ish that somewhere around 85-90 percent of federal appeals court employment cases under the ADA were decided against the plaintiff.

That is, not only do trial courts consistently refuse to enforce the ADA - people who get their case through trial and to an appeal are losing 9 out of 10 times.

The ADA could be so wonderful if judges would enforce it.

(via charlesdingusesquire)


If you blame US citizens for their government, you are so very in the wrong.

Yes, we can vote. IF we have access to a voting booth at the right time. IF we meet all the requirements. We can even get the lesser of two main evils elected.

But we don’t control the President. We don’t control Congress. We don’t control the politicians who do everything in their power to stop other politicians from making progress. Believe me, if you’re talking to a victim of our government’s corruption, you’re talking to someone who would simply vote out everyone holding things back if they could.

I hate the snooty useless ignorant attitude from socialists in other countries who think we can just pull ourselves up from our bootstraps like, you know, capitalists think.

I’m southeastern and I don’t approve of coal mining which is costly and dangerous and killed/permanently injured family members. I vote and talk to people who are safe. But I would get bricks in my windows, shit on my house, and threats to me and my family if I tried to start some sort of revolution. I’m an emotionally disabled woman. That’s pretty near the bottom of the barrel of people taken seriously in politics.

Sheesh, people. Have respect. We’re not a hivemind, but the country is corrupt and the issue isn’t the right people not voting.

And people like me in American politics? Don’t make me laugh. People would wait for a mental breakdown and kick us to the curb when it happened.

I hate this ignorant attitude from people anywhere, regardless of their government system.

You’re not enlightening people. You’re not going to turn a country around by victim blaming. Grow up.



Vintage on disability rights.

Don’t let the black and white trick you. The Capitol Crawl was in 1990. This is not ancient history.




people who stigmatize self diagnosis dont seem to understand that diagnosing mental illness is not an exact science. essentially all u do to diagnose someone with a mental illness is look at a list of criteria and say “yup they fit these things.” spoiler alert: a lot of this is guesswork. the only difference between u doing this and a social worker/ psychiatrist/ etc doing it is access to institutional power. many people dont have financial access to medical services that would get them a diagnosis so… maybe…. shut up?

Except Psychiatrists and doctors have actual training making diagnosis way more accurate than some random teenager that read the symptoms off the internet?

i made this post because im in social work school learning how to give a diagnosis in a clinical setting and our training is basically “read the symptoms off the internet”

you dont tag trigger warnings?



i always get shit when i talk about this but the reason i dont tag tw is bc

a) the term ‘trigger’ is meant to refer 2 those with PTSD those w severe anxiety and/or survivors of various forms of abuse it indicates an extreme reaction 2 certain stimulus like a panic attack/flashback/blackout caused by ur brain being unable to handle the resurgence of something horrific that happened to u 

b) with that being said, i dont post triggering content. i havent talked about serious triggering shit on this blog for a long time in fact i think the last time i tagged smth was when i reblogged this youtube video about domestic abuse probs like 6 months ago nowadays i just reblog pretty pictures and make fun of anons 

b) i get a thousand messages everyday from ppl suggesting i should tag shit like ‘spiders, ‘blood’, ‘feet’, ‘ghosts’, etc and it seriously pisses me off that u guys really believe ‘triggering’ equals ‘it makes me uncomfortable’ im not here to make tumblr a better place for u im not even getting paid man it’s ur responsibility to take care of yourself when it comes to these random ass ‘triggers’ if u cant see a gif of a ghost on ur dash you shouldn’t be online at all

d) in fact, ive come to the conclusion that demanding one of these lame ass trigger warnings it’s just a way 2 identify yourself as even more aware even more solicitous than the person who failed to ~adequately~ provide such a ridiculous warning. when i see ppl tagging ‘tw: spiders’ i cant help but think they are not demonstrating a sensitivity towards a topic but rather they just wanna be ‘seen’ doing so 2 demand that others ‘ought’ to do the same to validate one’s politics. this whole ’trigger’ business is less about protecting ppl from potentially re-traumatizing events and more 2 do with flagging up your right-on credentials even if it means silencing those who have actually gone through actual traumatizing events.

1. As someone with PTSD amongst other disorders, I assure you that is categorically untrue. Trigger is a term used by psychologists that refer to things including but not limited to: things that cause depressive and manic spirals, things that cause panic attacks (including phobias, like arachnophobia), things that cause suicidal ideation, things that cause self harm cravings, disordered eating cravings, dysphoric episodes, dissociation, dysmorphia, and self destructive behaviours. It’s used much the same way by the tumblr community who, by and large, encountered it’s use first through psychologists and therapists and decided to spread this to tumblr to create a safe space.

2. If someone has asked for a trigger warning, you’ve probably posted triggering content. You don’t know other people’s triggers. In fact, even restricted to PTSD, triggers can be odd precise things that have very personal associations (sometimes even associations the sufferer can’t understand) to the trauma they have suffered. That can even extend as far as colours!

3. Saying that people shouldn’t exist in spaces because they suffer from extreme mental health issues is outright ableist. Including odd phobias! That simple.

4. Trigger warnings can create an environment that is inaccessible to those who are uneducated on them, yes. That can become classist, ableist and exclusive. The way to deal with this is to educate people, not to throw the concept out the window.

And this is also a reminder that if you think someone is too sensitive you do NOT deliberately expose them to things to get past that, which is what you do when you refuse to tag people’s phobias. Because blacklists. YOU DO NOT PERFORM PSYCHOTHERAPY WITHOUT SOMEONES CONSENT.

imagine that every book, every article, every news story about women’s issues interviewed only husbands and fathers.


that’s where we are right now with disability rights.


People say “professional”

when what they really mean is “not having visual/behavioral markers of being poor, disabled, or culturally ‘other’”

which effectively shuts out of professional careers the very people who are most likely to be in dire need of income

I see your bullshit


since that wage post is going around again here’s a reminder that it’s still legal in the US to pay disabled people 22 CENTS AN HOUR

Goodwill got shit for this for like five minutes but there’s a poster in the back room at my job that says the employer can literally decide how much a disabled worker makes if they want to.

Like, it’s just up tothem. Theres no guaranteed minimum wage for disabled people.

Why the fuck does nobody know or care that this is a thing?

The last thing I've got to say to your ignorant highness is this. Actually, no. I AM A PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT. And you know exactly what about psychology I study? AUTISM AND OTHER NEURODEVELOPMENT CONDITIONS. You know what else I'm doing from the start of next year? A PHD. You know in what? THE LINKS BETWEEN NERUOCHEMISTRY AND AUTISM. Get your head out your arse, some people only want to have a serious discussion about things they actually HAPPEN TO KNOW ABOUT, and happen to like questioning.


Like I said to the girls in my psych class last year, the 5th-year seniors who were just about to start working in their fields…

You should reconsider your major then, because you represent the sum of every flaw in mental health care and social work. 

If you honestly think your feelings are more important than your potential patients then you need to work on that or get out of that field before you hurt someone. Because that’s exactly what you will do, you will take a person whose self-esteem and mental health are failing them and you will tell them it is more important to cater to you.

Just like nearly every other psych I’ve had to put up with in the past twelve years.

You’re going to help create a generation that needs to recover from their care and I feel sorry for any patients you may have. I wish I could protect them from you.







To everyone who says it’s too expensive to eat on a budget. 

I love Twizzlers 

Where the fuck are you people buying your food that it costs so little?!

Note that virtually all of these price comparisons are complete horseshit. While it’s true that raw ingredients purchased in bulk can be cheaper than prepared or fast food, a naive price comparison doesn’t take into account a whole constellation of externalities, including:

  • Travel expenses. Grocery chains that sell raw ingredients in bulk often don’t have branches in or near low-income neighbourhoods, so the driving distance to reach one can be significant. If you have a low income, the gas you spend getting to and from the grocery store is a non-trivial component of your food’s total cost - and that’s assuming you own a car at all.
  • Storage expenses. Raw ingredients purchased in bulk need large amounts of storage space, and often that storage space needs to be refrigerated or climate-controlled. Many low-income households do not own large refrigerators or freezers, or cannot afford the electrical bills associated with keeping a large refrigerator or freezer running 24/7.
  • Preparation expenses. Raw ingredients purchased in bulk require appliances and tools to turn into edible food. Many low income households do not own a proper range or full-sized oven. Your food preparation options are sharply limited when all you have to work with is a microwave and a hot-plate - and, again, even if you do have a proper range and oven, actually using them incurs gas and electrical charges, which add to the real cost of your food.
  • Time. Driving to and from a distant grocery store takes time. Preparing food from raw ingredients takes time. This time expenditure can easily amount to hours per week - which is no particular impediment when you’re working a regular nine-to-five, but if you’re a single parent, or holding down multiple minimum-wage jobs with unpredictable schedules in order to make ends meet, that may well be time you don’t have. Plus, even if you can spare it, your time has monetary value (i.e., the time you’re spending purchasing and preparing food is time you’re not spending on any other productive endeavour), which again contributes to the real cost of your food.

Once all of these factors are properly taken into consideration, prepared and packaged food - and yes, sometimes even fast food - is indeed substantially less costly than purchasing raw ingredients in bulk and preparing your own food. Having the time, facilities, and convenience of access to prepare your own food from scratch every day is a luxury - and one that’s increasingly out of reach for many folks.

There’s also the issue of ableism at play. Someone who simply doesn’t have the energy to make a meal from scratch can have an easier time buying microwave meals, ordering out, or (if their energy allows) going to a drive thru, even if they were to have the space and items needed to make a meal from scratch. I really need these bullshit posts to stop.

"In 1949, I contracted polio at a very young age. Suddenly, I was unable to walk and had to use a wheelchair for mobility. I was the only one in my family who had a disability. In those days, because of my disability, I was denied equal access to education. At the age of five, I could not attend my local public school and was expected to be satisfied with my “good fortune” when the New York Board of Education sent a teacher to my home for 2.5 hours a week for instruction. In fact, when I set out to teach in a New York public high school years later, I was initially denied the opportunity to do so because I in my wheelchair was considered a “fire hazard.” In those days, this was not considered discrimination, but rather that people just didn’t know better. And for those of us with disabilities, we simply had to accept the way the world was – a world where we were marginalized, often invisible, sometimes forgotten."


Judith Heumann, “From the Civil Rights Act to the Disabilities Treaty

On the importance of the Senate ratifying the Disabilities Treaty this July. Call your Senators and tell them to support the Disabilities Treaty

(via disabilityhistory)

People wanting to support the Disabilities Treaties will find more information and a great action center at

The action center can help you identify your Senators and provide you with a script for making phone calls to them.  (Or, if preferred, emails.  Some Senators do count phone calls more, but emails still count also.)

Examples of scary Ableism



Women with disabilities twice as likely to be abused, women who are institutionalized are 10x more likely.

You can be easily forceably hospitalized for mental illness, (even if you aren’t mentally ill), They can also do it if they don’t agree with your diagnosis and force you off your medicine.

Politicians publicly express opinions similar to nazi germany

That isn’t godwins law because it actually was a thing that happened.

You can also be forcibly sterilized

disabled people comprise the world’s largest and poorest minority group and are trapped into poverty by the system.

You can totally kill your disabled kid and get away with it.

So will the police.

These examples were things i thought of off the top of my head and googled. Feel free to shove these into google and see all the other articles on it if you don’t like the sources.

These again, were things i thought of off the top of my head. Feel free to add to it and I’ll put it in the post.

The World Report on Disability, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank in September 2011, documents that people with disabilities are more likely to be excluded from education, employment opportunities, basic health care, and so forth.  WHO and the World Bank are both about as official as you can get for sources of information.

Also browse through the many links you will find at for many many more examples and publications and reports and studies on the situation of people with disabilities around the world.

For more anecdotal information, you can read more about ableism (known as “disableism” in the UK) in the words of people with many different disabilities via the posts collected in the 2013 edition of the annual “Blogging Against Disableism Day” (BADD) event:  And you can also browse posts contributed for past BADD events in these archives: 200620072008200920102011 and 2012.  Each year sees more than 100 people blogging on the topic from more than 100 different perspectives.  And although there are some repeat contributors, there are also new writers each year as well.