I believe this post is extremely important… for many reasons. Disability in film shown incidentally rather than as a focus can help dramatically to change our view of what disability actually is. I also believe that it is time the disabled sign is changed: people are programmed to look for the physical props in order to judge, and whereas we should all try hard individually to overcome our visual programming, I do think that changing that pesky wheelchair would be a great start.
I have what you might call an invisible disability. I hurt all the time. All the fucking. The last time I wasn’t in agony was 2003. Some days getting out of bed is beyond me, but every day is a challenge. I work through pain, and smile through pain, and watch movies through an enormous amount of pain. But I don’t use a wheelchair. I park in the disabled-accessible spot, and get out of my little red convertible in high heels and lip gloss and I don’t fit the picture of what disabled should apparently look like. If looks could kill, the dirty looks that come my way would be enough to disable me if I wasn’t already. And I’m not alone:
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