These studies talk about the bias that non-disabled people have towards disabled people.I find reading this kind of research difficult because I’m yelling at the screen as I’m doing so. “CALL IT FUCKING BIGOTRY!” Bias? You cut fabric on the bias, you cut the fabric of society with YOUR bias.
I can tell story after story about being erased from social context because of my disability and difference. Joe can attest to these experiences because he’s the person who becomes doubly real as I am made doubly unreal.
I asked him if the hotel had an executive lounge, I’m an elite member, I get to go there for a free breakfast. He said, “You want to go there!?” with shock. He clearly didn’t think I belonged there or that my presence would upset others.
Research may call that ‘bias’ I call it fucking, outright, bigotry.
Journals do an important job, they are restricted in important ways in their presentation of information.
These aren’t constructs, they are real, physically and emotionally experiences for those of us who live in the real world full of real encounters with those who’d rather we weren’t here.
And by the way, supper in the executive lounge was wonderful, particularly the looks on the faces of those who were stunned at the entrance of me in my chair … yes all those watching, the definition of who’s elite just got bigger, rounders and sits on wheels.