Dear Able-Bodied People and Neurotypicals: Stop Telling Us to "Overcome" Our Disabilities.
You know, I absolutely LOATHE Forbes, but this particular writer gets it right when it comes to living disabled every day.
Slashing any benefits we need just to get by to the marrow isn't enough for the capitalist pigs and their idiot fluffers in the current Dipshit Administration. Now they wanna spy on us through "Social" Media.
A new policy proposal by the Trump administration calls for the surveillance of disabled people’s social media profiles to determine the necessity of their disability benefits. The proposal, which reportedly aims to cut down on the number of fraudulent disability claims would, monitor the profiles of disabled people and flag content that shows them doing physical activities. When it comes down to it, the policy dictates that disabled people shouldn’t be seen living their lives for fear of losing vital financial aid and, possibly, medical care.
The administration has been working closely with the Social Security Administration in an effort to reduce false claims believing that social media holds a cache of information regarding eligibility of Social Security Disability Benefits. They believe that by monitoring the social media accounts of disability benefit recipients, they can root out false claims and reduce the overall amount of money spent on the programs.
The proposal, like many of its policies regarding disabled people, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of disability and takes advantage of how social media operates in order to cut them off from the support they need. Disabled people don’t all function in the same way, and disability is not a set of stereotypes like taking selfies staring longingly at the world. They live lives while managing their energy for the activities they can handle and trying to make those they cannot more accessible.
Additionally, studies have shown that a majority of social media users show only the good in their lives, not the hardships or difficulties. Disabled people should be allowed to share the full scope of their existence without fear they’ll be accused of lying—and even fraud—by the United States Government which will likely reason that if a disabled person is seen going to the mall or taking time to swim or jog, they can be working.
Right. Because we're only ever allowed to be miserable unless some able-bodied douchebag sees the opportunity to film some Inspiration Porn (I'd like to thank the author of said article for the term). "Look at this guy. Despite his numerous disabilities and other adversity, he became a capitalist and imperialist, too. If you can't do it, you're just lazy."
Another thing that the general public does not understand about disability and the internet is that attention to disability issues often operates within an economy of "Inspiration Porn." Abled people often film, post, share and circulate photos and videos of disabled people doing extraordinary things as a litmus test to how “poor” life could be with a disability and how disabled people achieve “in spite of” their disabilities (quite often, this type of posting occurs without the disabled person’s permission). And, while many disability advocates disdain this type of media representation and are vocally calling for an end to inspiration porn, there’s a not-so-often talked about number of disabled people who play upon these stereotypes for their advocacy and to further their own quest for disability rights.
Here's yet another way the pigs deny us employment: Emotional Intelligence tests.
Nothing illegal exists in the use of EI during the hiring and on boarding process, as usually no disclosure of a non-apparent disability occurs before or during these stages by the prospective candidate. Like anything else containing protection under the ADA, disclosure is a must. No one can expect protection or accommodations at any stage of their careers without first having disclosed their condition with their employer, and then subsequently having requested reasonable accommodations. However, if a disclosure of any developmental disability should occur during these hiring stages, it stands to reason that this changes the legality of using EI during their interview process. By definition, EI discriminates against those with slower emotional development.
The article goes on to state that similar practices are used against disabled folks with tenure in a company. I also happen to agree that the pigs are still stuck in the "Golden Age" of the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan first set the capitalist gang bang in full swing.
So to members of the able-bodied community and members of the United States Capitalist Party who might be reading this (fat chance), stop trying to force us to change so that we can appear more 'normal' to you. Stop trying to make us fucking miserable for the sake of your own jollies. And lastly, don't use a potential job as a carrot just so we'll do some work for free for a couple of months while you hit us with the stick and then deny the carrot after the fact.