It’s pretty common for people to use disability metaphors like “That guy is crazy!” or “This weather is so bipolar” without giving it a second thought. It’s important to realize how these words and metaphors can affect people with disabilities and perpetuate stigmas surrounding mental health. If you’ve never thought about the impact these words can have, you’re in luck because this chart provides some common disability metaphors and easy alternatives!
ps. Special thanks to m-arkiplier for inspiring me to create this graphic! (and for his permission to use his post) For more info on why it’s important to be conscious of the metaphors we use, check out this HuffPost article ”10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language.”
For the tech and machine-curious, we’re planning the first-ever Hive Learning Pop-Up on October 6th, 2014 and we’d love to have you join us.
We’re currently working with friends at the Vancouver Public Library, Mozilla, Open Media, the Museum of Vancouver, Maker Foundation and other local orgs to host a set of interactive learning experiences that share some of the best digital learning pathways Vancouver’s community has to offer.
Our hope is that these collaborations will help us all harness technology to better enhance the work of activists, communities and makers in the city, together. Let’s do this thing!