Ableism is Stevie Wonder being a child prodigy who was able to play piano, harmonica, drums, and bass at an early age, being signed to Motown at age 11, having over 30 number ten hit singles, receiving the Gershwin Prize, being appointed Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, winning 22 Grammy’s and a Lifetime Achievement Award, and selling 100 million records worldwide, and still being the subject of countless numbers of jokes about not being able to see.
Ableism is abled/able-bodied people thinking the term “Person(s) with Disabilities” has humanized these people in the public mind by putting the person before disability.
Ableism is abled/able-bodied people thinking that “overcoming” a disability means success and living without accommodations, when these people often did both and are still disabled by an abusive, violent, and oppressive society.
Ableism is abled/able-bodied people still seeing your existence pathetic and laughable, no matter - by any standard - the astounding level of your achievements.
Ableism is being measured by your “contribution(s) to society” as a disabled person, and still being seen as subhuman either way, whether you’re considered exceptional or not.
I got a good question in my mailbox today and I thought I would share the answer with everyone. The question is what should you do if you have trouble with even modified push ups?
The best way to build up your strength and work your way up to modified push ups is though the wall push ups exercise.
Which looks like this
Here’s how you do a wall push up - Standing at arm’s length from a wall, extend your arms so your hands are flat on the wall at shoulder height, with your hands around shoulder width apart from each other. Inhale and, in one movement, press your body toward the wall as if doing a push-up. Exhale and push back to the original position, keeping your elbows close to your sides throughout.
The beauty of this exercise is you can easily control the difficulty. The way you adjust this is easy. The closer your feet are to the wall the easier the exercise is. The farther away your feet are from the wall the harder it is.
If you are looking to build up strength to do pushups on the ground. I suggest you start with 3 sets of 8-12 reps at an angle which feels challenging on the last 2-3 reps of the exercise. Then repeat the workout every 2 days until you reach the point when you are strong enough to do modified push ups on the ground.