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March 1 is the International Disability Day of Mourning -- a day set aside to remember those disabled people who are murdered by their caregivers.

It's a relatively new "holiday" -- and nowhere near as widely known as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- but you have to start somewhere.

We have to push back against the Pity Narrative -- the one that insists that "the poor dears are in a better place, now." -- the narrative that has more sympathy for the caregivers, "who cracked under the burden," than the for they human beings they killed.

We have to make it known that, yes, Ableism really is that bad. And there's more to it than just using the wrong words.

This site started in 2014, and is dedicated to recording the names of people around the world who have been victims of filicide because of their disability, and includes mental and cognitive disabilities as well as physical ones.

The records go back to 1988 [Correction: 1980], and new listings are added every few days.

http://disability-memorial.org/

And that's only those people who make it into the news.

In America, too, March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month ("Awareness" Months/Weeks/Days, as a rule, generally frame whatever they focus on as a bad and scary threat: "Psst! Were you aware of the monster under your bed?").

Date: 2017-03-01 12:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
I hope the people trying with the Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month would manage to make Americans aware that "spaz" "spastic" and "spazzing" are extremely offensive terms in British usage. It's one of those things which keep coming up online and there is extraordinary resistance to the information from people who are otherwise good on issues of social justice.

Date: 2017-03-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
The original body set up to provide education to people with cerebral palsy and related conditions was indeed called the Spastics Society in the UK from its founding in 1952 until 1994 (it's now called Scope) but as this blog post explains it got too difficult as the perjorative uses outstripped the medical.

Date: 2017-03-01 02:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle
I don't recall the specifics, but that's because Blue Peter wasn't something which crossed my radar much, being an adult without children during that period.

Date: 2017-03-01 03:26 pm (UTC)
raze: A man and a rooster. (Default)
From: [personal profile] raze
Sharing this on FB for sure. I don't think people realize how common it is for family and caregivers to abuse and kill the disabled.

Date: 2017-03-01 04:14 pm (UTC)
raze: A man and a rooster. (Default)
From: [personal profile] raze
Ah, good point. Is there a preferable term?

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