Living in a world that is made by abled people for abled people is already tough on people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. The pandemic has only further highlighted these accessibility issues and discriminatory behavior. From microaggressions to inaccessible public infrastructure, people with disabilities share their experiences on Twitter of facing ableism and insensitivity which hamper their everyday lives.
Person: Your tiny horse just made my day!
— Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@FlirtyTheSH) July 2, 2020
— Jordan 🦓 (@ThisIsJordanKay) January 15, 2021
To the person who wrote "No" on this letter posted in my apartment building. You're part of the problem and why our #Covid19 numbers are rising. #EverydayAbleism #Ableism @cbcnewsbc @BCGovNews @GlobalBC #NewsBC @GlobalBC_Comm #DisabilityTwitter #NEISVoid pic.twitter.com/4Y1SQd3NqZ
— Haley Branch (@HaleyABranch) September 4, 2020
Also, no amount of positivity is going to turn stairs into a ramp, make captions magically pop into existence, turn flat printed text into braille, remove flashing lights from an event, etc.#EverydayAbleism https://t.co/5PSBJoX3Xn
— Kitty Kavanagh | Black Lives Matter (@chronicfab) April 23, 2020
Mum & I had a bet that either my dad or Grandad would tell me to get some fresh air, as though having a subluxed hip & pneumonia & an IBD flare wasn't enough reason to stay inside.
I won in 15 minutes 🙃
— Taran Paterson 🌸 she/her 🌸 (@PatersonTaran) August 15, 2020
— Danielle (Dani) Boobyer (@Primate_Girl) November 16, 2020
It's infuriating in so many ways. The ability to have a video consult with a GP for instance – I've been fighting for the ability to do this for TWENTY YEARS! Suddenly it's doable because the #abled majority see the need.#everydayableism
— Beki Jane (@bekijane) April 21, 2020
Microaggressions are so easy to spot.
Adam and I walk into a country cafe. Staff stare, say “oh my god” and did not come over to serve us, we had to ask them if we could eat in.
Now we are seated, the staff happily and attentively greet other customers. This is #EveryDayAbleism
— Carly Findlay OAM (@carlyfindlay) June 13, 2020
This kind of crap irritates me. If I am in my wheelchair I have to go out into the street to get around this car that I blocking the whole sidewalk. I need to find out how to report stuff like this to the police. #everydayableism #Disability #ableism #wheelchair pic.twitter.com/FpZIqmtXI7
— Jen⛧Satanas⸸♿🏳️🌈 (@JahiSatanas) November 29, 2020
Oh! Important information from the government on Lockdown.
News site A – D: PAY US £££ or you can't see it.
News sites E – Z: disable your adblocker (enabled to prevent migraine-causing page distortion and allow my large print Read Mode to work.)
I give up.#everydayableism
— Beki Jane (@bekijane) April 20, 2020
Person: I have no problem with disabled people! But those with service dogs should be segregated.
Me: *headdesk* So, what you’re actually saying is that you have no problem with disabled people, as long as we use medical equipment which you approve of.#EverydayAbleism
— Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@FlirtyTheSH) November 15, 2020
Do you know who uses public transit a lot?
Legally blind people cannot get driver's licenses.
— Megan Lynch (@may_gun) January 28, 2021
cw: institutionalization, saneism
If you’ve never been a patient in an inpatient psychiatric facility, I don’t want to hear your jokes about how Twitter is like a mental hospital. Yes, this is a subtweet. #EverydayAbleism
— Helen Rottier (@helenrottier) January 23, 2021
— Felicity McKee (@mckee_felicity) December 21, 2020
— Chronically Tennis (she/her) (@ChronicallyT) January 13, 2021