saying “you are a burden on society” is just such a weird framing of priorities
It’s like saying “wow, think how much better gas mileage your car would get if you weren’t sitting in it” or “think how dry that umbrella would be if you weren’t holding it in between you and the rainstorm”.
the things we create? they’re for us. they are meant to carry us. they are meant to protect us. we are meant to hold them up to keep us dry.
Society is so much more burdened by the people who say that and prevent the creation of humane accommodation for people with disabilities than the actual disabilities.
Not just on a “those people are assholes” level, but on an actual fiscal level. We are wasting money and time and resources because if we provided better and proper services for people it is cheaper to keep people healthy (to whatever level is possible for a given individual) than it is to pay for emergency services once someone is having a crisis because they were unable to access proper care and resources.
Also when my friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses AREN’T fighting insurance to get coverage of the treatments they need, we’re all happier and they have the energy to do some cool shit. (Or they just feel better than they would otherwise, but that’s better for us all than the alternative.)
All the this.
Never mind that people who say this can never actually show me who’s life is made worse by the actual people they’re hating rather than mismanagement of resources by a larger entity (the government, health care system, etc). Nor has anyone yet been able to show me how their life is worse off for taking care of people who need care.
More to the point, why the fuck shouldn’t someone be a burden to society? Why shouldn’t someone be difficult? Why shouldn’t someone refuse to hide that things aren’t working very well. Why is that person obligated to assume the burden of making sure society keeps going without realizing how awfu the problem is?