These wheelchair users say people accuse them of faking their disability
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Speaking to TNS, Chloe Tear, an award-winning blogger and disability activist told us she was pleased about the hashtag's performance: 'I absolutely love that the hashtag is going viral. It is such an important topic…It also reminds part-time wheelchair users that they are not alone with what they face.' Chloe further spoke of discrimination she has faced being a part-time wheelchair user: 'People are shocked if I stand up or tell me I am making it up. It is because of these attitudes that awareness needs to be raised and I hope this hashtag does just that. 'We are the same person whether we are stood up or sat down, this is our way of managing our disability or condition.'
#AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist— Chloe Tear (@chloeltear) August 13, 2018
I have mild Cerebral Palsy, chronic pain and impaired vision. One day I could be walking, the next day I could use my chair.
By doing so it keeps my pain/ fatigue levels down, allows me to pace myself and enjoy more aspects of life! pic.twitter.com/TAnWC8YFUM
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However, some Twitter users highlighted the discrimination they have faced in not having to use their wheelchair all of the time, often being accused of faking their disability.
#AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist— Matt Claghorn (@Claggy) August 13, 2018
I have ME/CFS, and while I don't require a wheelchair/scooter at home, being able to use one is super important for symptom management. It enables me to do things I otherwise wouldn't be able to do, such as going to the park or other trips. pic.twitter.com/a8RAANzmBP
Ambulatory wheelchair user Joy told TNS what they would like others to know: 'No, I'm not faking it because you saw me walk the other day. I simply have a disability that makes me have good and bad days. I will not apologise for walking on my good days and using my chair on my bad days.'
I have M.E. On good days, I can walk around and don’t need a chair. On bad days, I can barely walk.— Amy (@Amymaria03) August 13, 2018
On long days out, I take a wheelchair to use as and when it’s needed. I’m not ‘faking’ my disability. #AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist
Join in the discussion using the #AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist hashtag here. Featured image courtesy of Chloe Tear
#AmbulatoryWheelchairUsersExist— Leah Rachel (@_LeahRachel) 13 August 2018
I have EDS, POTS & I’m Legally Blind. I have over 60 dislocations every day.
I can’t walk much anymore, but I walk around my flat, parent’s house, and other people’s houses.
I’m in my chair whenever I’m out, and have a smart drive to help me. pic.twitter.com/rW1RBIQIJ3