I exist on the grey area of disability, the part where things are neither black nor white. I am neither wholly visibly disabled, nor wholly invisibly disabled. I walk on my own, and yet, I use a wheelchair. More people are with me in the grey area than you think. Not everything is black and white. And that is the core of disability binarism - the concept that things are all or nothing - you are either low-functioning or high functioning. You're either "wheelchair bound" or you can walk. You're either totally deaf, or you hear fine. Get the picture?
Disability binarism p*sses me off.
I think that this is so important: http://thatcrazycrippledchick.blogspot.com/2013/12/this-i…
I'm not disabled, so I feel as though it would be disingenuous for me to try to talk about the experience of any disabled persons. Some of my legal work, however, has had me advocating for disabled students in DC public schools, and the amount of ableism and binarism I see is shocking. A disabled student doesn't have low enough test scores to qualify for an individual education plan. A previous client of mine was an overweight woman (a result of many physical ailments and genetic problems) and required a scooter for any major trips, but people treated her like she was just too lazy to lose the weight. I know some GTers have probably struggled with some of this, so I wanted to share!