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Ableism

by bpausche,

Many see disability as only permanent, chronic, or visible. However, invisible disabilities are usually forgotten. Accommodations may be needed only with flare ups, or only during treatment, but it nevertheless causes severe stigma and exclusion from access to human rights, including at school, at work and in other public settings. In all times, there are people with immune compromised bodies. In addition to many mental health issues, this is a very large segment of people. In the context of a Novel virus, it will always pose a greater risk to immune compromised or immune suppressed people due to transplants, cancer & its treatment, those taking many different drugs to sustain various organs, those with Primary Immune Disorders, those taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis, MS, ME, CFS, and conditions like Downs Syndrome or other genetic diseases that put them at risk for severe disease.

The current definition of Ableism must include those affected by this, so that they are not being forced to make a choice between risking their lives vs accessing healthcare, using public transit, accessing healthcare, working, or going to school. We accommodate peanut and scent allergies, so we need to be able to move beyond living with the virus by ensuring protections in at least essential public spaces, transportation & medical settings. 




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