Apr 22, 2020
When you think of a disabled person, what image comes to mind?
For example, do you think of a particular gender? Do you picture
how they get around? How about their skin color?
In today’s episode, Sara and Misasha take on the subject of how
both physical and mental disabilities impact people of color and
everyone else who isn’t white, cisgender, and economically
advantaged. You’ll also learn about #disabililtytoowhite and what
you can do to support the work of disabled people of color who
often do extraordinary work for very little pay.
Don’t miss this eye-opening and thought-provoking dialogue in
Part 2 of the Ableism series!
- Misasha provides an overview of the history behind
#disabililtytoowhite and how it started a meaningful conversation
about race and intersectionality in the disabled
- The resulting conversation was witness to disabled people of
color publicly sharing their plight at feeling invisible in the
disabled community and finally feeling validated by having these
conversations in a public space.
- The hashtag was also a wakeup call and a call to action for
white disabled people to become better allies.
- There’s still a gap where mental health is concerned, and
mental health continues to focus on middle-class whites.
- Disabilities are not just physical but can be invisible, as
well. Mental health disabilities are no less valid than physical
- Sara shares the list of questions that the U.S. Department of
Health and Human asks to help people navigate the support they
would receive through the Affordable Care Act.
- Sobering statistics, as of 2016:
- 1/2 of all people killed by police are disabled.
- At least 30% of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S.
- Examples of police officers misinterpreting autistic behavior
as non-compliant or disrespect were found.
- People with disabilities have much lower employment rates than
people without disabilities. Geography and demography reveal some
- Young black and Latinx people in the U.S. have a very different
relationship with mental illness than their white peers, including
higher rates of attempted suicide.
- The subject of mental illness is still largely taboo in
communities of color.
- Insurance can be a roadblock to receiving mental health
treatment for those who have lower-tiered plans.
- Social Security is highly valued by those with disabilities but
the social security program is way past due for reform.
- Disability issues make up some of the hot topics to keep in
mind during this election year!
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