Commentary Suggests Ways To Combat Self-Harm, Abuse Among People “With Atypical Brains And Bodies.”

October 9, 2019

In an opinion piece for the New York Times (10/9), activist and author Jonathan Mooney writes that every day, “people with differences are demeaned. ... And there are consequences.” Mooney says that “research shows that people with atypical [brains] and bodies are at a higher risk of self-harm,” and “people with disabilities are substantially more likely than the general population to be victims of abuse and hate crimes.” He concludes, “Addressing this crises demands public and governmental support for improved mental health services, a strategy to destigmatize mental and behavioral health challenges, and an aggressive social media regulation to address cyberbullying and hold the platforms that facilitate it accountable.” It also “requires us to call ableism what is: a form of injustice.”

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