the power of words


[Audio: English; Captions: none]

It’s clear what is being said, or the general intent. Still I don’t completely like this. It makes the basic assumption (on the part of someone who can see) that you can’t enjoy a beautiful morning if you can’t see it.

I do this all the time, to try and counter the ways people look at disability, so I’m acutely aware of how words work. Here’s another example:
With help from teammates, Suplinskas sisters adjust to being deaf

What the hell? The sisters are deaf, they are not newly deaf. Better would be:
With help from teammates, Suplinskas sisters adjust to playing with hearing teammates.

This is what I call audism (when it involves the deaf), this is the sort of thing that gives rise to the #disabilitynormal hashtag, the relentless view of the world strictly from an ablelist POV.

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