What’s App? How #Social Are You?
Have you noticed an increase in people with disabilities sharing their stories on social media?
This powerful trend is bringing attention to the barriers and challenges that people with disabilities face in their daily lives. Social media influencers are showing the positivity of how there is success beyond disability. We are seeing the person first, then the disability.
From inaccessible buildings to discriminatory attitudes, people with disabilities are speaking out and have become influencers about some of the obstacles that have prevented them from fully participating in society. Social platforms like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook have become powerful tools for advocacy for people to share their experiences and connect with others who share similar challenges.
Along with the videos, many trending hashtags, such as #disability #disabilityawareness #empathymatters #accessibility and #inclusion have created communities of support and solidarity, helping people with disabilities feel less alone and more empowered.
Social media holds businesses and organizations accountable for their actions, but also invites you to get to know us as people.
Followers? The Real Question Is: How Many Of You Are Leaders?
Storytelling is breaking down stereotypes!
Spreading empathy is broadening the understanding of diversity and the complexity of disability. People with disabilities are using social media to call out instances of ableism and discrimination.
Through social media we have an opportunity to create positive change by spreading empathy and showing the importance of access.
Although people with disabilities continue to face discrimination and barriers to access in many areas of life, sharing their stories and advocating for change on social media makes their voices heard and drives the conversations forward.
So, the next time you’re scrolling through your social media feed, take a moment to listen and learn about the real stories of people with disabilities.
You might be surprised and appreciate the work those do in the community for disability rights and inclusion!
The time is now for this global movement.