The Moving Beyond Pity & Inspiration: Disability as a social Justice Issue by Eli Clare took place on April 16, 2014. Thinking about disability before this lecture I feel like I had a general idea of the things Eli spoke about. I attended a school were more than half of the students had a disability. The terms and stereotypes he mentioned I ha heard since sixth grade.
We began by stating some of the positive and negative stereotypes that came with children of disabilities. The negative stereotypes were so disheartening to know children have to endure those types of problems because of a disability they cannot control. A few negative stereotypes the people in the lecture mentioned were helpless, lower class citizens, invisible, or watered down degree. Those were just a few mentioned. I realize that these negative stereotypes are exactly what teachers try not to show to peers. You would not want your peers thinking you have a “watered down degree” and the ...view middle of the document...
I do think they have the effect to prove people to see the world differently. There are many types of people in the world and while many do not think disabled people are as important to them or might even be abominations. There are many magnificent people in the world who appreciate the struggle and hardship people with disabilities have to endure compared to their lives.
A huge issue for people with a disability is not even located with their impairment. You would think the first negative thing to a person with disability would be their disability, the irony. What is more sad is that it has nothing to do with their negative views, but more how the world reaction or attitude to the impairments. It is sad that more people in our society react that way about an impairment they do not even contain nor have to live with day to day. It is almost like they feel pity for these people or, as it is something tragic that restricts people with impairments known as ableism.
Another sad discussed topic is how closely correlated poverty and disability are because of ableism. I would assume they are closely correlated because how poorly society view disabled people and providing them with help is unlikely leading to poverty. In addition to there class being less than societies and unable to provide them more because of the lower class caused by disabilities. All these issues later in life can be linked to prior experiences like less education, less employment, and worse health outcomes.
Its apparent that ableism is something shown in our attitudes as society and even our own campus. This going back to thinking people with disability are heroic and to build upon that. They are also viewed child-like, without sexuality, stared at, and even can’t conceive. While in some cases disabilities can cause people to not conceive or remain child-like that is not usually the case. It is a sad stereotype to here to anyone that you cannot love or have sexuality. No one in the world would want to be told they can not conceive or even love because something that might be a miniscule set back in their life. To assume these people with disabilities are not exactly like us despite the impairments and do not feel, love, thrive on life the same as us is sad.