I think this is my favorite TED Talk. It’s a little tough at the beginning (if you’re not used to what happens on a farm), but it’s a strong speech about changing perspectives, admitting when you are wrong, and going in a different direction.
This gets my bad rats tag because I’m meeting with a career specialist next month who focuses on bad rats - and I’m absolutely going to bring up skilled trades with her. I don’t think that’s an area which gets a lot of emphasis or attention when it comes to bad rats, and at this point, I think I’d be happier trying my hand at plumbing and carpentry or garbage collecting than throwing myself at administrative aid positions.
I’m watching conversations on my dash right now, and I’m looking at conversations in my disability studies class right now, and I see something familiar.
People are unwilling to realize that disability isn’t a bad word. Recognizing someone is disabled doesn’t make everything great about them go away. I know a lot of people who are scared to refer to me as disabled, like it’s the world’s largest insult. I don’t quite get it. Disabled people are fucking amazing, you should never be insulted to be in a similar category as us.
Every good thing about you, every accomplishment, everything positive in your life, people try to take that from you. They will only let you have it by adding something like “in spite of their disability” or they will claim that you are suddenly not disabled.
that’s not how it works.
And even worse, they will deny that anything you have done is possible, because disabled people just can’t do that.