Are Disability Clichés Destructive For The Community?

“Disabled people are lazy and just need to get off their self-indulgent butts and do some hard work.” That’s just one of eleven tropes on disability that author Cindy Baldwin listed in a Twitter thread exploring old-fashioned narratives of disability and how they make people with disabilities feel.

“We are also so shaped with these narratives in a very ablest society and people don’t recognise these tropes are harmful, She added.

They have active real life connections to the way people are treated,” Baldwin told The Stream.

In this episode, Al Jazeera uses Baldwin’s Twitter thread as the basis for a discussion on how these tropes are used in the media, pop culture, literature, politics and more.

And this will explore why accurate representation and authenticity are so important. {Al Jazeera}