“I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names.” This is the message of the late comedian and activist Stella Young, who wanted to teach society that her wheelchair didn’t make her inspirational. Her speech adeptly addresses a taboo topic and admonishes people for indulging in well-intentioned deeds that dehumanize people with disabilities. getAbstract believes able-bodied and disabled members of society alike have much to learn from this exceptional talk.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the assumption that functioning disabled people are noble and courageous erects barriers and
- How society can change the way it thinks about disability.
About the Speaker
Comedian Stella Young was an advocate for people with disabilities and the editor of Ramp Up, an online forum about disability. She died in December 2014.
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3 years agoThis is a great talk by a great person, I highly recommend it.