Why calling myself disabled gave me freedom and community

The reluctance to associate myself with the word was not only about not feeling sick enough. It is a recurring message, from doctors and strangers alike, that disabled people can’t be young, can’t be fashionable, can’t even be happy. The misery people project onto wheelchair users and disabled people as a whole, comes from a place of ignorance and fear. Non-disabled people are afraid of becoming us, because they only know the stereotypes they have seen before.

Hannah Turner
Yahoo Lifestyle
Thursday 21st July, 2022

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