In Our Own Words: Crip Coffee Break
November 25, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Chicago, IL 60612
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Problematic ideas about disability are built deeply into everyday language. What are some of the phrases that we are working to root out of our language, and how can that be an act of solidarity?
Where have we encountered people –disabled or nondisabled—who just “get” our access needs? Where do we wish we had that? How can access intimacy be cultivated?
We’ll look at some of the cringe-worthy stories collected under Imani Barbarin’s hashtag #AbledsAreWeird—and share some of our own.
What kinds of things were you told about your condition that ended up being pretty toxic? “You’re not *really* disabled, to me”? “Despite” or “overcoming” narratives? “At least you’re [good-looking/smart/etc.]?”
What have our experiences been like going to the doctor, PT, specialist, etc.? What strategies have we developed? What has made things go okay? What rubs us the wrong way?
What do we do when we’re feeling isolated or overexposed to casual ableism? How do we deal when we feel out of the energy required to push into inaccessible spaces? How do we process our frustration and anger?
Sometimes our plans don’t go as expected, or unanticipated factors and obstacles come our way. Has this happened to any of us, and how did we change gears? Is this happening for any of us right now?
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