“This Is What Disabled Looks Like”: The Sometimes Hard-To-See Line Between Visible and Invisible Disabilities

coffeespoonie
Jul 29 · 11 min read
white girl (me!) sitting on floor looks up at camera, cute dog (dovi!) by her feet.
white girl (me!) sitting on floor looks up at camera, cute dog (dovi!) by her feet.
Me, sitting on the floor with my dog.
Drawing of a white girl (me!) with long brown hair and glasses and gloves in a wheelchair holding a beautiful dog (Dovi Ber).
Drawing of a white girl (me!) with long brown hair and glasses and gloves in a wheelchair holding a beautiful dog (Dovi Ber).
Image of me done by my friend Charlie; formerly @MulhollandDyke on twitter, based off of a portrait series done by my friend Ariel, @Harsh__Babe on twitter.
Tweet with pictures of me in my old wheelchair.
My not-so-inconspicuous puppy at work last week, laying by my wheel in his red harness vest.
“Not every disability is visible”. white stick figure with pale blue wheelchair symbol shadow; blue background.
“Not every disability is visible”. white stick figure with pale blue wheelchair symbol shadow; blue background.
“Not every disability is visible”. An example of a graphic for one of the campaigns to increase awareness around “invisible” disabilities.
Two side-by-side pictures of model Jearlean Taylor in crop tops with her ostomy bag showing.
Two side-by-side pictures of model Jearlean Taylor in crop tops with her ostomy bag showing.
Model Jearlean Taylor poses with her ostomy bag. (Source: Inside Edition)
Google image results for “cancer patient”. It almost exclusively shows a homogenous image of thin white women.
A scene from Me Before You. A white man in an electric wheelchair talks to a white woman standing in front of him.
A scene from Me Before You. A white man in an electric wheelchair talks to a white woman standing in front of him.
Me Before You, one of the more ableist films depicting an abled actor cripping up to play a wealthy, white, cis, het man.
An image of silhouettes of various disabled people with different mobility devices etc.
An image of silhouettes of various disabled people with different mobility devices etc.
(Source: PiedmontRoar.com.)

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