As Seen On Facebook | Inspiration Porn Defended By Abelists . . .  Disabled People Minimized to a Token, yet again … via Occupy Together

 

 

Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler Please stop sharing this story – this is the worst kind of inspiration porn. It is a story by an abled person about an abled person, written for an abled audience. The disabled passenger is reduced to a mere prop in the story that elevates common humanSee More

Andy Infante

Andy Infante WTF is wrong with you?! This story is about an ABLED person CARING about a DISABLED person and people are happy to see that!

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Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler Abled people are happy to see it. And this story has been making the rounds in the disabled community with appeals that this kind of story stop, because it dehumanizes disabled people and reduces us to a set piece in abled people’s stories.

So if you See More

Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler Here’s a link to the original story published in the NYT with some of the comments from the disability community.

https://twitter.com/cdcaron/status/1011002277040148480Manage

Lisa Langley

Lisa Langley wow, thank you for sharing, I’ve been enlightened seriously!

Stephana Neff Timmer

Stephana Neff Timmer I call bs on that, if he didn’t want or need her help he could have told/signed her that!! Maybe he didn’t need it but it still shows compassion from one human to another. Some people may not appreciate this but a lot of people still do. Human compassion regardless of able/disable should be highly valued no matter what!!

 

Tim VanZeben
Tim VanZeben I understand where you’re coming from. Definitely something we should think about and not get defensive.

 

Ava Fradkin

Ava Fradkin Elena Âû Chandler I totally see your perspective. If I came across this and didn’t know Tim , I might have been sharing your annoyance with this , and would have been wondering why he was on a plane with no means of communication. It happens I know himSee More

 

Charlotte Wolters

Charlotte Wolters I guess ignoring him like he wasn’t even there or not caring if he’s comfortable would have been better with you? If he didn’t want to be bothered I’m sure he would sign it. You’re quite a bit over the top with this. How is showing human kindness a negative thing. Seriously

Kate Barrow
Kate Barrow I’m not sure what state this man lives in, but every state has a DD council and many Councils have funding opportunities for people with disabilities to travel to educational events and conferences, and will pay for a support person to travel if neededSee More
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Harper Jane
Harper Jane Actually I have deaf and blind friends (not both)… but I can promise you they are extremely greatful for help.
She made him feel comfortable and safe. Do you know how Important it is for someone to feel constantly unsafe or even excluded?See More

Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler Harper Jane do you see that right now, you are claiming authority because you have blind and deaf friends, and now you are speaking for them. You have absolutely no idea what she made him feel. That is his inner state, but this is exactly what I am talSee More

Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler Charlotte Wolters how about asking him if he needs assistance, assisting him… Not waxing eloquent that he “must be lonely” and then spending half an hour telling your life story to him while people take his photo (did he give permission for that?) See More

Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler Ava Fradkin that would have been the story to write (with his permission of course). Highlighting the lack of accommodation, which is what makes it hard for disabled people to get on with their lives entirely independently, would be extremely helpful to the community.
Ava Fradkin
Ava Fradkin Elena Âû Chandler there are hundreds of articles and news clips of this story. Some have short interviews with Tim. He refers to his intense isolation and how happy he was to have the contact. But yes, the perspective of accommodations would have been good.
Pamela McDonnell
Pamela McDonnell Elena Âû Chandler I am very confused by what you are saying. It seems like one human being was kind to another by helping them, assisting them in a small task. That’s what it seems like to me. My question to you, as a subject matter expert, if I am sitSee More
Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler Pamela McDonnell It is perfectly acceptable to help someone. Help disabled people in the same way you help non-disabled people.It is very appreciated. Help them, feel good, move on. The issue the disability community has, and it is a huge one, is in sSee More
Krystal Webb
Krystal Webb YOU are referring to a person as a “prop”, I was just happy to see that a man had a slightly more comfortable experience during his flight, thanks to a stranger’s kindness.
Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler Krystal Webb there is no issue with helping at all. The issue is with the STORY. Imagine how it feels when the world does not provide adequate accommodation, impinging on your ability to act independently and making you reliant on help from a stranger,See MoreManage
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Pamela McDonnell
Pamela McDonnell Elena Âû Chandler You are focused on the disabled being victims. I was focused on the teen being helpful and her finding satisfaction from helping someone. The New York Times is a piece of trash rag anyway, so who cares what they say. I am an abled peSee More
Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler I don’t need to convince you. There are literally dozens and dozens of well-written blogs and articles on the subject. The fact that you think it is my job to convince you is a testament to ableism. But by all means, continue to silence disabled peopleSee MoreManage
Suellen Jackson
Suellen Jackson I understand and have some appreciation of what you are conveying, I think that the heading on the picture could have been framed differently, as it does give the impression of pity and patronizing. I believe the story should convey humanity at its besSee More
Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler Thank you for hearing what the concern is Suellen Jackson. Telling both people’s perspectives would change the whole thing. The irony is that that the disability is asking for help on this issue, and the reaction to this story has been really strong. ISee More
Suellen Jackson
Suellen Jackson Elena Âû Chandler , I was a tab, now I have a disability, I worked in the field of disability in public policy for 35 years. We have made some strides but have a long way to go. We seem to be going backwards at this time under the current administratiSee MoreManage
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Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler I agree entirely and thank you for the information!! I will check it out. I ended up moving overseas because of where we are headed – as I am not on full disability at this time, I was losing access to healthcare. I have been involved in peer advocacy,See More

Suellen Jackson
Suellen Jackson Wish you the best, I’ll send you info that I am aware of, the concept of Livability is becoming popular through out the world, interesting examples in parts of Europe, Scandinavian Countries. In US , Portland Oregon, Seattle , Denver ,
There was a See More
Ava Fradkin
Ava Fradkin Kate Barrow he’s not DD.
Ava Fradkin
Ava Fradkin Elena Âû Chandler I need to amend one thing I said- i found out, from the sister who arranged his flight, that she had not informed the airline of his communication needs. (!!)So although I still think flight attendants should have a knowledge of fingerspelling and some basic signs, I can’t blame the airline for not providing an interpreter.
Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler Ava Fradkin basic sign is something we should learn in school – it would help the deaf community but also the autistic community tremendously. I use sign when I am non-verbal – it is almost useless except with people who know you.
Eve Reiland

Eve Reiland Elena Âû Chandler I’d like support and inclusion without the drama. I mean, ffs, if someone helps me to the bathroom do I need fan fare? Someone helps me and groovy. so appreciated. but with all this fanfare? It happens and it’s othering and awkward. See More

Timothy Kiley

Timothy Kiley My friend Kevin has a brother who is deaf. I always felt bad I didn’t know how to communicate with him, but not bad enough to do anything about it. Does that make me a devil? Probably not. It was nice of the little girl to volunteer, but who knowing sign language could do any less?

She did the least she could do.

Eve Reiland
Eve Reiland Stephana Neff Timmer Compassion doesn’t need media coverage. This is ableist propaganda. I can sign more than fingerspell and that doesn’t make me or anyone a fucking hero angel. This girl did good, yes. Then everyone around her exploited the shit out of it. That’s harmful in our disability community.
Eve Reiland wtf … ahh just read your comment Elena Âû Chandler. Hey, we disabled folks aren’t your prop for feel goods. inspiration or to be the catalyst of your life-altering internal insight journey.
Elena Âû Chandler
Elena Âû Chandler My favorite part is: “Shut up with your objection, disabled person! It makes us feel good to read about us treating a disabled person like a real human!”
Eve Reiland

Eve Reiland ableist propaganda much?

Gerri Anderson-Epley

Gerri Anderson-Epley Sometimes there are happy stories. In a world full of turmoil THIS is what’s needed. Compassion. Humanity. Kindness.

Eve Reiland

Eve Reiland This is ableism, othering and focusing not on the disabled person, but what the abled people did around him. Compassion and humanity is not what I get from this article. Tokenism is.

Elena Âû Chandler

Elena Âû Chandler There is something deeply disturbing about the hostility being brought to disabled people on this thread saying how this kind of story makes us feel. It is a living embodiment of what we are saying – our feelings in all of this don’t matter. The focus See More

Ingrid Philipp
Ingrid Philipp Tim is a person to those of us who know him and love him. If he got the kind attention he deserved bravo! Of course airlines and other transportation modes should have assistance for all but they don’t. Focus on the humanity in this story, not on scoring points for your personal vendettas.

 

Lawrence Finn
Lawrence Finn Beautiful story and lucky he wasn’t a Muslim as you know this story would have a different ending if he was…
Michal Szakal

Michal Szakal She was signing to a blind man?!

Art Suzanne Martinez

Art Suzanne Martinez SHE IS A REAL ANGEL HUMAN!!! What we ALL should try to accomplish!!!!STAR CHILD!!!

Carmen Lopez
Carmen Lopez It says he was blind and deaf. How could he see the sign language?
Ava Fradkin
Ava Fradkin Cindy Cook this is the one I mentioned on the phone. You may be able to find my comments.

 

Matt Moran
Matt Moran s/woman/15 year old girl/
Summer Hoover
Summer Hoover This is beautiful.

 

Eve Reiland

Eve Reiland The moment between these two is great. The exploitation of it and using it as inspiration porn for the abliest community . . . terrible.

Tokenism, othering and all the focus on the awesome ability of abelists to once in awhile have compassion and elevate them to super hero status, no.

This guy is badass all days, just not that day. What about the effort he puts into living daily? His successes are awesome. That someone could reach out and use finger spelling to help – is great. That does not elevate the person to a super human, angel super power. It makes her a decent human. To exploit this … harms the disabled community greatly. And we’ve been saying so, repeatedly.

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