What You Can Do To Help If You Have A Disability (and even if you don’t!)

Well. What a year 2020 is turning out to be. Who could’ve guessed we’d be simultaneously facing a global pandemic and one of the largest civil rights movements in our history? I suppose it was just a matter of time.

And it’s about time.

So here we are. The wounds of healthcare, the workforce, and systemic racism underneath the numerous scabbed flaws in our system have been exposed raw, and we’re getting a glimpse of what is behind the star-spangled curtain.

The world is watching.

Waiting.

You may feel hopeless during these times. Helpless. Angry. I sure do.

For those of us living with a chronic and autoimmune condition, these feelings are intensified when bundled with our limitations that may prevent us from calling for change in the capacity we would like.

Some of you may be immunocompromised like me. Or have mobility restrictions. Or have other circumstances that might make participating in a protest difficult or dangerous. You might feel like you’re not doing enough.

The good news is: Revolution comes in many forms.

Here’s how you can help (disability not required):

While these actions seem very much behind-the-scenes (Almost invisible, even. Sound familiar?), they are crucial tools in making a lasting impact against institutionalized racism.

And speaking of invisibility, how many of us have been yelled at and threatened over undetectable disabilities while using our parking placard? How many of us have heard “but you don’t look sick” from people who have no idea what goes on inside our bodies and behind closed doors? Similarly, because the actions suggested above aren’t as overt as participating in a rally, you may face some criticism over what is perceived silence. If you are putting in an effort that goes unseen, don’t take it personally if people, even those who know you and your heart, question or challenge you.

Aren’t many of us with invisible illnesses already accustomed to that?

Head down. Push forward. Inspire change. Focus on elevating silenced voices, and not on the quick and blind judgment of others.

This fight isn’t about you.

(Feature photo by lalesh aldarwish from Pexels)

3 thoughts on “What You Can Do To Help If You Have A Disability (and even if you don’t!)

  1. Anna Losey

    Again, I will say that I am so proud of the woman that you have become. Strong, loving, and encouraging and able to stand up for what is right. I am especially proud that you along with so many have come out of their comfort zones. Change takes courage and fortitude, of which you have both. Thank you for sharing this post. Lots of love,
    Anna

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  2. Carol S

    I always enjoy your articles. This one indeed had quite an impact. Like you, I wish I could be there alongside them protesting. How I wish I wasn’t like this. But, I have concentrated on how we can help and I will try my best to do whatever I am able to do. Thanks for our article.

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