Is there anything you wish everyone knew about disability or something you’d like to see in the school curriculum? [This probably sounds like a stupid question, but I think a lot of people are just ignorant, rather than disablist]
That’s a pretty tough one to answer. It’s pretty much impossible to come up with stuff that everyone should know about disability because there’s such a wide range of disabilities. And also such a variation with the same type of disability between person to person. Even us crips don’t know everything about disability as a whole – we know about our condition and how it affects us personally. And we know bits about others. For example I have a friend who also has CP. Before she’s said things to me like “we can’t do this. we’ve both got CP.” and I’ve had to turn round and go “well, actually…”
I suppose probably the main thing would be that disabled people are just people who want to be treated with respect like everyone else. We’re not special or brave or inspiring, just people. And no, we aren’t “normal” but there isn’t such thing.
Changing the subject slightly, I disagree with your comment that people are just ignorant rather than disabiilst. That might be the case however in this day and age there is absolutely no excuse for it. After all, if someone said something racist or homophobic they would be expected to know what they said was wrong – ignorance wouldn’t be an acceptable excuse. Why should it be so for disabilism?