When People Don’t Believe That You’re Disabled - Rikki Poynter
“Disability does not care. You can be 25 years old and then one day you wake up and your hearing is gone, or your sight is gone, or you are just in a crap ton of pain.”
[Gif set of ten gifs of Rikki Poynter’s video “When People Don’t Believe That You’re Disabled” (5:13-6:06)]
Oh, snap. It’s been a while since I’ve been gif’d.
if you can’t read the subtitles because it’s orange on peach, the video has better subtitles. (i can’t read them on the gifs)
One friend could be undiagnosed, the other could be diagnosed, and people wouldn’t believe either of them. People won’t believe me when I say “Yo, I can’t hear you, I can’t understand you,” because I talk. Because I talk a lot. Even when I sign there are occasions when I sign only or type only and people still don’t believe me?! Because “Oh, you don’t look deaf,” or “No, you’re too young to be deaf.” May I recommend a biology book? Like just listen to me right now, like listen! Or read the captions. This is why it becomes so difficult to try to move forward to try and bring proper accessibility. Or try to get properly diagnosed, or get the right medicine, or even try to get care, because people just don’t believe us.