Disabled People Don’t Need To Be “Fixed” — We Need A Cure For Ableism
“Don’t you want to get rid of your disability?”
It’s a question that doctors, photo editors and kids have asked me. Strangers have taken my hand and prayed for me.
Even some of my close friends, who know that I am a proud disabled activist who wears a tracheostomy tube, have admitted that they hope, one day, I can undergo a procedure to get rid of my disability once and for all.
“So you can lead a normal, healthy life,” they say. A part of me understands that people are expressing genuine concern for my health — but they don’t realize how painful and ableist it really is.
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