When disabled people say they don’t want to be treated differently, we mean we don’t want to hear your voice go up 5 million octaves as you talk to us like we’re toddlers, or see your face contort into a big plastic smile when you see us.
We mean, treat us with the respect and dignity a human being has every right to.
We do not mean, ignore our disability and hold us to abled standards.
Abled people just don’t get that.
I have a cochlear implant.
This isn’t the 18th century and frankly, this pisses me off. Today, we’re every bit as capable of enjoying and creating music as any hearing person. Cochlear implants may not give us perfectly acute hearing, but it’s enough to enjoy everything hearing people do.