I am autistic and have ADHD and depression and PTSD.
I don’t know how many disabled folks I know, but I know a whole lot of them.
People used to come up to me or my staff in the laundry room when I first moved here and demand to know what was wrong with me or if I had cancer. (I was quite thin when I moved [into HUD housing].) That is just one example of feeling objectified. People on buses demanding to know what is wrong with me is another.
Disability means being part of humanity but being thought of as all these other horrible things by society.
- Stigma Theory: The idea of “being thought of as all these other horrible things by society” is stigma.