When you enter into a room, what is the first thing you notice about someone? For many, it is a person’s eyes. You notice if they do or don’t make eye contact. You take notice of not only where they are looking, but how their eyes are looking. Are their eyes, wide open, squinted, rolling, etc. The point of the matter is that you can truly see into a person’s soul by their eyes. It is like Helen Keller said, “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” For some, looking the world straight in the eye is a daunting task though. One main cause is due to self esteem, especially among those with differing abilities.
Living in an abled bodied society, people with differing abilities are looked down upon, causing insecurities to fester. Some people believe that those with differing abilities can’t be intelligent, capable, fashionable, fun , and the list could go on, but I will just name a few. These misconceptions will continue to be present, and even worsen, if not challenged.
On twitter, there is a hashtag campaign to show that you can have a disability, while still being cute. Yes, disability does not mean inability. The hashtag, #DisabledAndCute brought body positivity about disability. The campaign encouraged people to tweet pictures where they felt attractive and/or cute. This is a pushback against the notion that attractiveness comes in one form. There are some other hashtags that people have used to celebrate their differing ability. Such hashtags include, #disabodypos, #BarriersWeFace, #DeafTalent, #ChronicSex, #AbleismExists. My hashtag will be #DisabilityNotInability. What is yours? Tweet Prominent Pathways with your hashtag. Let’s get tweeting!