Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Most Hilarious and Positive Exposure of Ableism

I can't believe I went for so long without knowing about Zach Anner, a young man with cerebral palsy who is also an author and comedian, and is generally the best.

He uses a motorized chair to get around, as he's unable to walk and has limited use of his arms and hands. And he makes epic videos about ableism in society, and how difficult simple things are for disabled people in a society that fails to be accessible. For example, he made a video called THE QUEST FOR THE RAINBOW BAGEL in which he takes nearly six hours to go from his hotel room to another part of New York city via public transportation to get to a specific bagel shop that makes rainbow bagels. Actually, it's more accurate to say that New York takes him six hours to get the bagel, because every step of the process is made difficult by the fact that there's such a lack of accessibility for disabled people - despite the fact that New York is one of the most accessible cities in the country.

And during his quest, he's fucking hilarious and mocks hipster douchebags.

Not every campaign for better treatment/an end to oppression needs to be upbeat and positive and funny, but if shit's getting you down and you're looking for a way to educate yourself without maybe wanting to just lay down and die, this helps!

Cerebral palsy itself is not an uncommon condition, and is considered to be the most common motor disability in children. It's also a spectrum disorder, with a wide severity range and different types of impairment. Some people with CP have mental impairments, and others only have physical issues. It's often caused by some sort of disruption or problem during fetal development or trauma at birth. Someone I love very much has cerebral palsy, and he is brilliant, hilarious, and fantastic.

You can follow Zach Anner on Facebook or check out his YouTube channel for more awesome videos.

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