Treating people with kindness, dignity and respect should be child's play – but apparently some people with disabilities feel that this rule does not apply when they talk to people with disabilities. As reported by Upworthy a woman named Imani Barbarin started the hashtag #AblesAreWeird this month to highlight the strange things that sick people did and she said to her about her disability. And she is not even close to the only person who has encountered this. (Related: Trending Twitter hashtag empowers people with disabilities)
After their tweet became viral, many other people with disabilities began to tweet about the strange things that people have said and done ̵
"When it comes to disability, handicapped people tend to lose their sense of common sense and act in a completely different and sometimes dangerous way," said Barbarin. "This is not the behavior they would [display] do to other disabled people, so why should they do it with us?" (Related: Yoga Helped Me That I'm Able to Be a Disabled Woman)
So many people have come to tell their stories, and all are pretty dreadful.
Ask me if I have tried a diet. Vitamin or meditation technique to cure my spinal deformities and multiple disabilities #AbledsAreWeird
– Melissa A (@tinycomedian) March 16, 2019
You: Omg, you are so funny. Why are you moving like this? Why is your voice so flat? Why do you always wear sunglasses? Omg, it's not that loud, what's your problem?
Me: I am autistic.
You: What? I had no Idea. You seem so normal! #AbledsAreWeird
– Rua Mae Williams (@StarFeuri) March 18, 2019
When I'm in a wheelchair, painless, unaffected by POTS are sad. "Such a poor girl."
When I stumble around with a stick in pain, nausea, tachycardia, trying not to faint, they're glad "I'm feeling better!"
Not much wheels = / = Be better!
– Elise (@BoldlyTweeting) March 16, 2019
"Now that you are disabled, you can live on wealth!"
.. You mean immovable income, which requires years of suffering, struggle, paperwork, waiting and begging to prove to the system that I am a disability benefit?
Wow, a dream comes true. #AbledsAreWeird
– gray (@ gh0ulpvnk) March 17, 2019
I was in the wheelchair ambulance for one year while I waited for spinal surgery. A colleague told me it would be better if I just took the stairs, and she tried several times to block the elevator entrance. We were on the fifth floor.
I agree, #AbledsAreWeird
– Capri (@eirpaC) March 15, 2019
If your reaction to the #AbledsAreWeird The hashtag is supposed to To insult people with disabilities instead of expressing shock and sympathy for the terrible stories. You have to examine yourself a little bit. They do not prove them wrong. They prove they are right.
– CLLynch (@lynchauthor) March 16, 2019
Barbarin tweeted that she hopes this hashtag will give empowered people who are shocked by these tweets a chance to learn and do better here.
I'm finished, but I'd like to leave you one last thought about #AbledsAreWeird :
if you're sick and offended. Well.
Somewhere, where you identify with the other disabled people, you face each other daily. But you know, when we tell our stories, we owe you no comfort.
Change. Do better.
– Crutches & Spice (@Imani_Barbarin) March 17, 2019
If you are capable, let this be a lesson. Be better – do not be funny.
This story originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com by Nicole Pomarico.