Don’t Call Me Inspirational

“Disability is not something terrible that needs to be fixed, cured, or made to go away forever. It is a natural part of reality. We ask for acceptance as equal members of society.” From the PSA “Your Daily Dosage of Inspiration” by Cheryl Green and Caitlin Wood.

This is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about how some disabled people feel about being called inspirational. Some of us feel that it shows that people have lowered expectations for us when they call us inspirational or amazing for going about our daily lives with disabilities.

It’s time to challenge the ablesim in having lowered expectations for people with disabilities. StoryMinders.com Ollibean Must WatchDisability is not something terrible that needs to be fixed, cured, or made to go away forever. It is a natural part of reality. We ask for acceptance as equal members of society.

(c) 2013 StoryMinders

For more information go to Who Am I To Stop It

For more information on Cheryl Green’s site check out StoryMinders .

And check out Caitlin Wood on Criptiques.

Disabled people completing every day tasks is not inspirational it’s normal.It’s time to challenge the ablesim in having lowered expectations for people with disabilities. “Special” and “inspirational” are stereotypes. Get to know us and work with us to remove the barriers in society that these stereotypes maintain. From the video “Your Daily Dosage of Inspiration”

 

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3 Comments

  1. Mary Anne Enriquez February 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I laughed and found your video so refreshing, AND hope you create more content to enlighten, and educate. I have “hidden disabilities” and some learning / processing challenges. I just joined Ollibean, and have been reading / watching everything I find.

    Thank you everyone involved with Ollibean!

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