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    People Shared Phrases And Microaggressions That Are Ableist And It's Important

    FYI, don't say, "Everyone has something."

    Last year, people on Twitter shared sayings, microaggressions, and everyday instances of ableism, using the hashtag #YouMightBeAbleist. Soon enough, the hashtag trended with thousands of tweets, and we wrote a post about it. People in the comments shared additional examples, too.

    The information and experiences shared on Twitter and in the post's comments are still really important. Here's what people said:

    1.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf *Get some fresh air, you'll feel better *You don't "look" sick *It's all in your head *Church will help *Just pray about it *You were fine yesterday *You're doing this to yourself *The meds make you this way *Just force yourself to do it

    2.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you think "eating healthier" will cure medical issues or disabilities. Eating vegetables will not cure me Karen!

    3.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you call someone “high functioning” as a compliment.

    4. "#YouMightBeAbleistIf you don’t vaccinate your kids because you’re worried they’ll get autism or some other disability."

    kateh48273b464

    5.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf if you think it's a miracle or a sign of "faking disability" when ambulatory wheelchair users stand up out of their wheelchairs.

    6.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you repeatedly dismiss my description of my disability with an “oh EVERYONE has that problem” No TF they don’t. Pound sand.

    7.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf your first response to someone taking the time to open up to you about their struggles is informing them that there are several others who are far worse off than them.

    8. "YouMightBeAbleistIf you say, 'You’re so lucky' or 'I wish I had that problem' when i bring up hyperthyroidism, which causes me to lose a lot weight."

    Mama0415

    9.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf "You don't look sick." "You just want attention." "Everybody has pain." "You should go gluten-free." "You're too young to have X." "Do you really need that cane?" "It's just pain." "It's not PTSD if you weren't in the military."

    10.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you ‘don’t see me as disabled’. It’s not a compliment. I want you to see me as disabled, because I am disabled. When you ‘don’t see the disability,’ you attempt to erase a fundamental aspect of my identity.

    11.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you went to 8 years of medical school only to tell a black person they can’t possibly have the symptoms they’re experiencing. Wait...did I do this right?

    12. "#YouMightBeAbleistIf you incorrectly use medical terms as insults."

    jaecobc

    13.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you congratulate every teen taking someone with a disability to prom. They don’t need medals for treating people as human

    14.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you you regularly ignore the boundaries of disabled folks to "help". You're not doing it for us if you can't be bothered to ask first, you're just doing it to make yourself feel like a hero

    15.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you only see us as wheelchair dancers, not real dancers!

    Twitter: @Rollettes_LA

    16. "#YouMightBeAbleistIf you say, 'There — that's my good deed for the day,' when helping someone like me, who uses crutches."

    procrastin8or

    17.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you deliberately suggest things disabled people have already said aren't effective.

    Twitter: @blkgirllostkeys

    18.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf: - you've ever suggested religion/exercise/positive thinking as a "cure" for depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses - "feel good" stories of disabled ppl existing makes you feel "blessed" or "grateful" - the r-word doesn't immediately make you cringe

    Twitter: @_SpaceBones

    19.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you say, "I know you're capable" when someone says that they can't do something because of their health. They're telling you their limits. Listen to them.

    Twitter: @rarediseasemom

    20. "#YouMightBeAbleistIf you say, 'Well, there are a lot of people that have it worse than you.' Well, you know what?! There are also a hell of a lot of people that have it better than me, and I'd give anything to be one of them."

    s403bddecd

    21.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf you think my medical history is an open discussion and think me rude for not engaging.

    Twitter: @ryanlhonick

    22.

    #YouMightBeAbleistIf You refuse to hire disabled people, but love taking pictures with us

    Twitter: @EmiBarnecut

    23. "#YouMightBeAbleist if you say 'I have a spouse/child/sibling/parent/friend with a disability, so I know how it feels.'"

    MeganLinski

    Did they miss any? Let me know in the comments below.

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