Sunday, July 19, 2009

My Apologies For My Ableism

Since becoming disabled I have become aware of a lot of the physical challenges that we face and have started to write about my experiences.   What I have noticed is that despite my awakening that I have continued to participate in ableist behaviour, when it comes to people who are not neuro typical (I am not sure that is the correct term).  Reading a comment from a reader, I realized how easily I have called someone crazy and not seen the implications of what I have done.  I am sure I have done this on  the blog, though I cannot think of a post off hand because it is part of my everyday language.

As I previously mentioned I am just beginning to do some reading in Disability scholarship.  I have a lot to learn and it is going to take me some time to even get to the basic 101 level.  In the meantime I wish to apologise because there is no excuse for my ignorance.  I purposefully chose not to learn about the differently abled until it effected my life and there can be no greater mark of privilege than that.  I won’t ask you too teach me because I know this is not your job however; I will ask that you continue to call me out as necessary when I mess up.  I am sorry if I have allowed this space to be unsafe at anytime because I was blind to the privileges that I have.  I know that there are no words that I can offer to undo the pain that I have caused, but at least I can pledge to do better.