me too. i am discouraged with our lack of employment and medical care and independence and proper rights as persons.
but, look, look. we used to just die.
we’ve always been around, but we used to fucking die. uniformly. or we’d pay out life as a death sentence, in institutions, denied self-determination and the ability to communicate or choose.
this still happens.
but every time someone scoffs at you, and says, “we didn’t have people like you fifty years ago,” you can remember: WE USED TO BE DEAD. OR HIDDEN AND SILENT.
many, many, many of us still are.
IF YOU ARE NOT DEAD OR HIDDEN AND SILENT
IF YOU ARE ALMOST DEAD-HIDDEN-SILENT AND STRUGGLING AGAINST THESE THINGS
THIS IS ALREADY A VICTORY
WE ARE ALREADY AHEAD OF OUR FORERUNNERS
and this is not a message to guilt you into forced gratitude and lamentation over your failure. THIS IS A MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATION
YOU GOT FARTHER THAN YOU “SHOULD” HAVE MERELY BY BEING ALIVE
AND EVERY TIME ONE OF US LIVES, SPEAKS, WORKS, STRUGGLES OUR WAY THROUGH
we make the way for future people like us
just existing is loud. just existing is a scream. if anyone younger and disabled can see us, and know they have a future, then we will have done enough.
IN ORDER TO TEACH THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF DISABLED PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE NOT SENTENCED TO DEATH, THEY DO NOT DESERVE TO DIE, THEY ARE NOT BOUND TO THAT INEVITABLE FATE—
ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS LIVE.
WE ARE GLORIOUSLY ORDINARY AND THIS IS ENOUGH.
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