As a disabled person who is able to advocate for themselves most of the time, I think it is incredibly important that I use my abilities and passion for advocacy to help fight for disabled peoples’ human rights.
If you can spare five minutes a week to advocate for disabled people you can help to improve the lives of people like me! Always remember not to speak on behalf of disabled people but to speak to raise awareness around issues disabled people face. Disabled people live their lives everyday in their bodies, so ultimately they know best- if you are unsure, ask them! Speak to a disabled person not to their carer.
How to advocate for disabled people properly:
1. Sign Petitions
Signing petitions is incredibly important to ensure disabled voices are heard. Current petitions that are important to me (click each to go to their page):
2. Educate yourself:
It is exceptionally important to educate yourself on conditions as well as key issues disabled people face through research and talking to disabled people rather than through creating your own ideologies based on media perceptions of disabilities.
Want to educate yourself more on Tourette's Syndrome?
Watch the video I made below:
3. Follow Disabled Content Creators:
Following disabled content creators on social media helps normalise disability and can diversify your feed. Education and awareness is incredibly important too.
Great content creators to follow:
(click each to view) :
4. Support Disabled Owned Small Businesses.
There seems to be a strange idea that disabled people are entiled to alot of money from the government, although some disabled people are eligible for some benefits, many disabled people live in poverty. Supporting small businesses run by chronically ill or disabled people helps diminish this.