When you are dealing with a chronic illness, physical disability or fighting a disease, it can be a challenge to find someone positively portrayed in the media with a similar condition. All too often, individuals with disabilities are less visible on television, in the movies, in print advertisements and even in commercials.
And this is a big problem.
This lack of visibility creates the need for people with disabilities to connect with others that much stronger. Keah Brown, a Cliche Magazine senior writer, saw this need and decided to start a social media movement with the hashtag #DisabledAndCute to help break the stigma associated with persons with disabilities.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Keah said: “Disabled people are presumed to be unattractive and unlovable in a romantic way.” Despite having Cerebral Palsy, she isn’t afraid to say that she feels attractive and confident and she wants others to feel the same way!
The response to her hashtag has been overwhelmingly positive and people on the Internet are sharing their empowering photos and words of encouragement, too.
Take a look at some of the awesome community responses and join in the conversation!
— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) February 12, 2017
— Marina Carlos (@MarinaCpom) February 12, 2017
— Unruly ♿️ (@Eliza_Heidi) February 12, 2017
Bring It On
— Ariana Ferrone (@ArianaWrites) February 12, 2017
You Go, Girl!
— Annie Segarra (@annieelainey) February 13, 2017