What kinds of narratives about disability have shaped your understandings of disabled people? How does able-ist language infiltrate your day-to-day speech? Have you been a part of social justice groups that are inaccessible to disabled folks? How does learning about disability justice make you reflect on your own experiences with a culture focused on productivity, self-sufficiency, and performance differently?
Why is it so hard for to talk about disability without talking about inspiration or “special” status? Use examples from the reading by Eli Clare to describe “inspiration” and “supercrip” narratives. Why are these narratives so insidious? Next, work together to identify examples of ways that a disability justice framework moves beyond these narratives. Use examples from the readings and lessons to describe ways of talking about disability that do not use “supercrip” narratives.
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