A Hashtag Invites Disabled People To Claim Their Disabilities With Pride

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In November 2020, disabled activists Karli Drew and Charis Hill started a new Twitter hashtag for and about disabled people: #BeingDisabledDoesDefineMe.

Essentially, the hashtag’s creators meant it to invite disabled people to express the seemingly counterintuitive opposite of a more familiar saying about disability, one which can seem like simple common sense: “My disability doesn’t define me.” Statements like this are especially common in media stories about disabled people, in which “doesn’t let their disability define them” is shorthand for an interpretation of disability that is at the same time quite simple, yet also complex.

The clash of these two opposite views of disability is worth exploring, not only for non-disabled observers, but for disabled people themselves.

The language of our disabilities

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