Tuesday, January 20, 2015

STOP Using Ableist Language!

    Skimming through my news feed on Liam's page, and this gem jumps out at me.

(No, I didn't credit this picture, because I chose not to shed light on people who use images like this for likes)

8 years ago, I may not have batted an eye at it. Today, well, today it pissed me off. When you have a son who suffers with a mental illness, this kind of meme isn't funny. It's debilitating. It further stereotypes mental disorders, those suffering from them, and the hard work parents and providers are doing to stop these stereotypes.

Did you know this is also known as ABLEISM. What is it you ask? Let me tell you.


Let me give you some examples:

Retarded
Mental
Insane
Crazy
Wacko
Short Bus
Psycho
Moron
Maniac
Loony
Dumb 
Derp

Need I go on? If you want a more comprehensive list, Autistic Hoya has an amazing break down of all ableist language.


Bottom line, whether you're the parent, relative or someone with a mental disorder, using this type of language hurts people. Same as calling someone fat, or ugly, or whatever term you use to berate someone.

There are people and children in this world struggling with mental disorders. They are people, with feelings, and thoughts of their own. STOP making fun of them with this type of language. STOP using it to get "likes" on your page. STOP hurting other people.

Our world is what we make of it. Let's make it a better place for EVERYONE <3

Rant over!



2 comments:

  1. Yes I agree so much!!! There's a few words I had to take out of vocabulary since I had my children diagnosed. And there's words in that list that I would never say. Thank you for addressing this I really appreciate and support your view point. 😊

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