People with disabilities are sharing their uncomfortable experiences with able-bodied people on Twitter

  • Twitter user @Imani_Barbarin began trending on Twitter when she shared a story about an “abled” (non-disabled person) throwing her crutches in the pool with her to “help [her] swim.”
  • The story inspired other people with disabilities to share their encounters with abled people and ableism as well, with the hashtag #AbledsAreWeird.
  • From crawling under a bathroom stall to asking where “your adult” is, these interactions vary from funny to insulting.

The latest trending hashtag today is #AbledsAreWeird, which was started by Twitter user Imani Barbarin, a vocal advocate for getting disabled people more visible in the media, with other hashtag campaigns like #DisTheOscars and #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow.

Barbarin shared this story on March 15.

People caught wind of the hashtag, and promptly began sharing their own stories with “ableds,” and with institutional ableism.

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The response ranged from funny…

… to insulting …

… to downright concerning. Some of the stories involved medical professionals, who you’d think would understand what their patients are going through, or guidance counselors and teachers who should be educated about their students.

The ideas behind #AbledsAreWeird is to let people with disabilities know that they aren’t alone and to encourage all non-disabled people to think twice before they say something that’s most likely insensitive, or rude.

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