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Why am I listening to this disabilist crap? - helen-louise
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Why am I listening to this disabilist crap?
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baratron From: baratron Date: 6th December 2011 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
I edited the deadjournal version when I posted it there because the DDOS was making me get no comments here. This is what I added:

I know it's a common phrase. I don't know why it grated so hard, except that we were being told that something really difficult for me to do is "as easy as" something else that's IMPOSSIBLE for me to do :( Just felt like a kick in the teeth.

I need to write more about this stupid course because it was, the more I think about it, disablist as HELL. I'm going to discuss it with my Disabled Students' Group tomorrow. If they feel like I do (i.e. that I'm not being unreasonable due to tiredness and PMS) then I'll try to figure out how to complain politely.
barakta From: barakta Date: 6th December 2011 23:13 (UTC) (Link)
Even if you don't complain you're entitled to feed back how it made you feel.

The bike analogy is difficult because I think there is a huge assumption that 'anyone' can ride a bike /eventually/. It was only last year Kim worked out why I could only ride a two-wheeler which was set too low for me - two differing length arms don't work well...

I don't think people appreciate the complex biomechanics involved in riding a bike and that invisible disabilities can make it impossible or very hard (or just plain dislocaty and painful). they see it as this thing you practice practice and then suddenly grok and never forget... Just like they're assuming the task they're analogising is also going to be easy for all people with a nondisabled/neurotypical-centrist view of the world.

Hope you get heard and work out more of meh in your head cos if you're anything like me that really helps managing to work through FAIL!
baratron From: baratron Date: 7th December 2011 00:13 (UTC) (Link)
The bike analogy was such a small part of it that it's only worth pointing out to people as a thing to watch out for - make sure that if you use that phrase, you also have several other examples that are inclusive for people of differing physical and learning abilities. I don't believe that Every Single Thing a person says needs to be inclusive, but the overall picture should be.

"As easy as falling off a log" is inclusive - ANYONE can fall off a log, even if you have no voluntary movement of your own - but I guess it wasn't positive enough for the corporate neuro-linguistic programming bullshit merchant. Ugh.

(See most recent post for much more).
lilairen From: lilairen Date: 7th December 2011 16:25 (UTC) (Link)
I recently watched an acquaintance with CP go through basically boke-riding boot camp for people with disabilities. It gave me an amazing appreciation of things that I don't get as a mostly-abled person.
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