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It's interesting: I can resonate with this post on some levels, but not on others. Like you, I'm constantly tired of the deligation and re-deligation of accomodations (e.g. the fail of a meeting between me, my teaching mentor, my program supervisor, my voc rehab counselor, and the district, for the purposes of figuring out whose responsibility it was to provide me with accomodations). I felt like a limp potato that was being passed around the table. PWD are othered, marginalized, labeled as irrational every day. As you say, we're lucky if we are an afterthought in someone's conference planning. I can say all that, but when I try to muster up anger or resentment at able-bodied people, I just ... can't do it. And it's not because I think we deserve to be treated this way, or that we should be complacent. It's more that I worry that unbeknownst to us, we're caught up in a repetition compulsion: when our solidarity gets out of hand, when we get stuck in an "us versus them" mentality, we start othering people without disabilities, as we ourselves have been othered. My thoughts come with two major disclaimers: (1.) I've been relatively lucky and have not experienced the types of rampant ableism you describe elsewhere on your blog, and (2), I am blind since birth, but identify as sighted, (or transabled), so perhaps I'm a traitor of sorts; perhaps my perspective skates a bit too close to the able-bodied one for comfort. But I often wonder why I don't have the same reaction to ableism as other people with disabilities that I know, and I thought my musings were worth sharing.
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Feb 2, 2014