I've had a number of readers email me about my post Disablism Happens that I wrote for Blogging Against Disablism Day.
1 reader emailed me that those of us who blogged against disablism are imagining it or making it up .
5 readers emailed me that it made them think about ways they practice disablism when they're alone. Apparently that line struck many readers. Three of them were able bodied and two were disabled.
Two of them emphasized how they struggle from exclusion at their jobs. One woman has a co worker who is disabled and it never occurred to her that she had treated this woman differently until she read a BADD post written by a woman with a disability and learned that she and her coworkers were excluding their coworker.
Another reader is disabled and wrote about how he is excluded at work socially and has experienced a pattern of discrimination in pay and promotions. He wrote:
"When two other employees left, I "inherited" their jobs without receiving an increase in pay. When I began to question this, I discovered that my base salary was much lower than that of able bodied employees in the same job. I was hesitant to hire an attorney about this problem but based on how I am treated overall at my job I'm unwilling to work for less than people who sit next to me and then exclude me from office parties by forgetting to tell me about them. Forget lunch invitations - it never happens. This is more hurtful than anything I went through at school as a kid. I got along with everyone in school..."
These emails continue to lead me to reflect upon the question :
In what ways do people act that continue to promote ableism or disablism rather than inclusion?