I’ve really been enjoying talking about disabilities and disability representation this week, friends!! So today, I’d love to shout-out a few of my favorite disability activists on social media…
We’re so used to seeing downright vile behavior online and it’s what we’ve come to expect in 2020. I’ll admit that it can get so depressing sometimes, so we start to question humanity. I can’t tell you how many times a day I find myself asking “what is wrong with people??”
But this isn’t a depressing post. Because the more good I see, the more I want to shout it from the rooftops!! And the disability community on social media?? Ohhhhh, yes, they are a FORCE. And nowhere are they more of a force than on Instagram!! Y’all, they are truly taking over the social media platform in the best, most glorious way possible. They’re starting much-needed conversations around disability and sexuality, ableism, how you can be a disability ally and what it’s like living day-to-day as a disabled person.
In short, they’re getting real and honest…and you can bet I’m here for it!! So often, disabilities are left out of the conversation when we’re talking about marginalized groups and it’s super disappointing. See us. Include us. Talk about us. These disability movers and shakers are doing just that and SO MUCH MORE.
Honestly, one of the things I love most about social media is following so many disability activists!! I love how they’re literally painting a picture of disability in 2020 — the beauty, the pain and, YES, the pride!! It’s all there and I could spend hours just scrolling through my feed — umm, OK, maybe I already do that!! #SorryNotSorry
I’ve wanted to shout-out my favorites for awhile, so here you go!! Drop your faves in the comments too!!
Left to right: Alex Dacy (aka Wheelchair Rapunzel), Denarii Grace, Jason Clymo
Clockwise from top left: Carly Findlay, Emily Ladau, Wendy Lu, Cherie, Carson Tueller, Shane Burcaw, Hannah Aylward
Left to right: Karin Hitselberger, Ariel Henley, Alaina Lavoie
The future is accessible, so get in because we’ve got places to go and barriers to break down!! Are you in?? xoxo
P.S. Here are more influential black women with disabilities to follow…