Ableism - Ariel's World
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Ableism

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A few weeks ago I posted a gorgeous pic of Ariel, from a photo shoot we did, on Instagram. I did my usual hash tagging, and amongst it were Down syndrome tags. I was horrified to get this comment from a stranger, a few hours after posting

“kids with Down syndrome look retarded and should be killed at birth”

I deleted it straight away. Clearly this person has issues. They found me by searching the hashtag Down syndrome. WFT?? I am not going to hashtag Down syndrome on Ariels photos anymore. I felt sick reading that comment.

Ableism is in favour of able-bodied people. Ableism is discrimination agains people with different abilities. It is discrimination like sexism and racism. I know there are a lot of bigots out there and quite frankly I have no time for them. But, Im raising this issue because I know a lot of people are not aware of it. It is easy to use slang words like retarded, simpleton, and spastic in a derogatory way without thinking much of it. I was guilty of it in the past, but once I knew it hurt people I chose to use other words instead. Like the swear words arse hole, bastard and of course the C word ;). 

I have pulled people up on the R word before and mostly Im left feeling bad about it. People seem to want to defend their right to use it. It’s not my place to tell others what to do, but for those of you who use it (and don’t realise that it hurts others who have a diffability), then I’m sure you would want to know. I can’t really say anything more because the video says it all. Please take the time to watch. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments
  • King M. Rakic
    Posted at 12:15h, 22 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing your experience and being honest to say that you have used those words yourself. I have called myself those names/words in the past “just joking” when I WAS Self depricating. As well as Stupid and Idiot. I can’t sum myself up in one word, but I am not that and it’s not “just funny”. It’s not a political correction as repetition has a cumulative effect. A drop of water (name calling) is just a drop to some, after some time there is a puddle in your room, the little drop left unattended can then later swell up to your throat, over your head it builds until that person can’t breathe. It’s easy to be negative, it’s hard to be positive when you may be surrounded by negative people. But nothing good in life is easy. Anyone reading this -ASM more, learn more, be kind to yourself and those around you.

  • Toonya Campanella
    Posted at 07:31h, 23 June Reply

    Frank’s word are from a wise intelligent man….there will always be people like “Ann”, unfortunately. They make the challenge even more worthwhile . Its just sad that Ann still insisted on “I’m right” and didn’t feel the need to think , consider , change.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 07:36h, 23 June Reply

      Yes Frank is certainly intelligent. There will always be biggest yes, and some people will resist the need to look at their actions and admit they are wrong even if deep down they know they are. Unfortunately there all always be people who troll as well. thank you so much for reading x

  • Tegan
    Posted at 08:42h, 25 June Reply

    I’m sorry that someone was so uncaring to leave a comment like that on a photo of your daughter. You’re right that people need to stop using those terms in general conversation. It’s not political correctness, it’s caring about the feelings of others.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 09:09h, 25 June Reply

      Thank you Tegan. And yes, I think of it like calling people “nigger” or “faggot”. It is derogatory and mean. Thanks for reading xx

  • Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    Posted at 13:28h, 25 June Reply

    Mind blowing! Who ARE these people? Sad, sad little people.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 14:01h, 25 June Reply

      I know right….!! I actually feel sorry for them. Clearly they have issues. Thank you for reading x

  • Helen K
    Posted at 15:11h, 25 June Reply

    How awful! Don’t understand why people would say this – and in the context of your daughter showing such joy, too. Sigh.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 15:21h, 25 June Reply

      I know. I’m just hoping she will never have to read a comment like that ….

  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    Posted at 15:43h, 25 June Reply

    It takes very little to use a word that doesn’t hurt someone. People think they have a right to say whatever they want and the consequences be damned.

  • Claire @ Life on Wallace
    Posted at 10:55h, 27 June Reply

    What an awful, hurtful and insensitive comment for someone to make. I love seeing pictures of little Ariel popping up in my Instagram feed xx

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 18:23h, 27 June Reply

      Thank you Claire. Isn’t it vulgar to write cruel things on strangers posts….. Thanks for reading X

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