#HowToPissOffDisabledPeople is the latest social media trend
Online technology and social media level the playing field for people with disabilities. Not only does social media provide much needed awareness of the difficulties and barriers #PWD face every day but social media also provide platforms on which #peoplewithdisabilities speak out about their issues of discrimination, accessibility, and inclusion.
Social media is the place to share ideas within the disability community and give voice to all that is too often drowned out in the world. This week I discovered #HowToPissOffDisabledPeople, a fantastic hashtag that draws attention to issues of discrimination against people with disabilities.
This hashtag has been trending over the past five days and has given many people with disabilities an opportunity to talk about how they have been victims of on-going discrimination. What’s even better about this hashtag is that thousands of non-disabled tweeters have retweeted the hashtag suggesting other non-disabled social media followers read the tweets.
Although not at the level of hashtags such as #StormyDaniels or #MarchForOurLives, the #HowToPissOffDisabledPeople hashtag is trending well. Here are a few examples of tweets with this hashtag:-
“Complete strangers in public say can I pray with/for you?”
“You have considered sterilization, right?”
“Have you tried eating vegan?” (Suggested as a cure for paraplegia.)
“OMG, if what happened to you happened to me I would kill myself.”
“You’re partner must be a saint.”
“You’re too young to be disabled.”
“You’re so brave doing that perfectly normal ordinary thing. What an inspiration.”
And my personal favourite . . . “have you tried rubbing castor oil clockwise on your stomach during the waxing quarter moon? It helped my sister’s husband’s brother’s hamster’s mother who has a condition completely unrelated to yours.”
Sometimes what people with disabilities need most is a powerful sense of humour.
If you are on Twitter please check out the hashtag #HowToPissOffDisabledPeople to see for yourself how unconscious bias plays out in the non-disabled community. You’ll find me @markwafer.
Be direct. Be daring. Be bold.