I’m Disabled, Not an “Access Inclusion Seeker”

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“Disabled” and “disability” aren’t bad words. Why should ableds make us think they are? And why do they want us to be called “access inclusion seekers”?

Disability is not a bad word. If someone chooses to define themselves as disabled, let them! #disabilityisnotabadword Click To Tweet

I’ve seen a lot of tweets over the past week that have stemmed from the Daily Mail’s article on:

‘The D word will be as offensive as the N word’: The term ‘disabled’ is insulting and should be replaced by ‘Access Inclusion Seekers’

You can find this post here.

As you can imagine,

“Disabled” or “Access Inclusion Seeker”: a thread

Earlier this week, I tweeted a thread about how the majority of disabled people (on Twitter) prefer to be called disabled, rather than another word/phrase that tries to cover up the fact that they have a disability. This thread started after reading Nella Verderosa (@NellaSays)’s poll on which term disabled people prefer.

Which term do you prefer? Explain. #disabled #accessinclusionseeker 

Her poll, at the time I saw it, had found that 94% of disabled people on Twitter prefer to be called disabled.

This then sparked my thread:

The thread

So far, 94% of disabled people on Twitter prefer to be called “disabled”.

(A thread) 

Yes, we want accessibility, but that does not mean we all want to be called “access inclusion seekers”. 

Yes, we do things differently to ableds, but that does not mean we all want to be called “differently abled”.

Yes, some of us can take care of ourselves, but that does not mean we all want to be called “handi-capable”.

If you’re unsure, JUST ASK!

I am DISABLED and I am PROUD TO BE.

As you can probably tell, I got pretty mad after seeing so many tweets of the Daily Mail “access inclusion seeker” article and this poll just goes to show we can stand up for ourselves and our disabilities are part of us. We may or may not be ashamed of our disabilities, but there is no need to be. It is a valuable part of us and, for the most part, has made us stronger. We have fought battles many can’t even imagine, but we’re still here, living life as best we can.

What about me?

I definitely prefer to be called disabled. Most other words/phrases cover up the fact that I can’t do everything ableds can and minimise the fact that I have a disability.

I’m proud to be disabled. I’m not the same person I was before I got sick, I’m not even the same person I was this time last year, but that doesn’t matter, I’m a better person.

I am DISABLED and I am PROUD TO BE #disabledandproud Click To Tweet

Ableds can’t begin to imagine the impact an illness or disability has on a disabled person’s life – I didn’t before I got sick. It affects how we live day-to-day, how we think, how we breathe. We didn’t want to be like this, but it’s how we have to live.

My disability defines me, but it’s not the WHOLE me. I’m still ME.

 

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2 Replies to “I’m Disabled, Not an “Access Inclusion Seeker””

  1. I’m not disabled but my mother is after a stroke and I find the access inclusion seeker quite offensive! This statement just shows how much growing society still needs to do!! I’m so proud of you for writing this piece and stating how you feel about this!! Stay proud of who you are lovely!!! Xx

    1. Thank you! I completely agree that society needs to do A LOT of growing xx

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