Columnist Writes About Ableist Encounters
Happy Tuesday! My column for October is about ableist encounters. I’ve experienced my fair share over the years, but recently, there have been some that really stuck out to me. Between the comments themselves and how, when I ignored them, the person said it again and again, as if they needed to know that I heard them …
I try to assume positive intent. I really do. Whenever I express any sort of frustration or discomfort, my parents say I’m reading too much into things. But it’s hard sometimes. Mostly I just wonder why people think those kinds of comments are appropriate. It doesn’t matter if they’re from an older generation — you don’t treat people that way, and you definitely don’t say things like that in public.
Do you struggle with ableist interactions?