5 Trends that aren’t for disabled people

The world isn't designed for disabled people, and so it only makes sense that most trends leave us out, too. In an effort to get people thinking about the importance of accessibility and inclusivity, here are just a few trends that don’t work for me or my friends because of our disabilities! Read more @ KARLYJOY.COM

Let’s just get it out of the way real quick: the world isn’t designed for disabled people. I mean, some could argue that it’s often designed to actively exclude disabled people, but that’s not the point of this post. It kind of blows my mind that considering the lack of accessibility in public spaces, products, and basically everything else, it still somehow surprises people to know that a lot of trends aren’t disability friendly.

Now, I’m not a particularly trendy person. Or at least I don’t really see myself that way. I feel like I catch onto things just as they’re about to no longer be cool. But still, I find it so incredibly frustrating to scroll through social media reading 50 people in a row rave about something when all I can see is how inaccessible it is or how I’ll never get to jump on the bandwagon.

In all fairness, trends aren’t for everybody and they don’t have to be. I’m not trying to stir up shit or make anyone feel guilty for liking something! My only hope is that one day everything will be designed to be as inclusive as it can be for everyone, and that will never happen until we’re able to open anything and everything up for discussion.

So, in an effort to get people (hopefully!) thinking about it, here are just a few trends that don’t work for me or my friends because of our disabilities.

1. Rompers

I love rompers and think they’re so cute, but they don’t work for me at all. Since I need someone to help me get dressed and to go to the bathroom, they’re just not an option.

2. Popular diets

This isn’t so much a problem for me, but I know a lot of people who can’t try whatever diet is trendy at the moment. A lot of people act like it’s no big deal to just switch to a vegan or paleo diet, but if you’ve got a disability that affects your digestive system or you struggle with different textures or consistencies, you can’t be as free with what you eat.

3. Fitness routines/lifestyles

I don’t know when it happened, but I feel like everyone blogs about their weight loss journey or how many calories they burned at the gym. Out of everything that I included on this list, this one probably bothers me the most.

It’s just a personal thing and definitely my own insecurities shining through, but I HAAATE how preachy fitness instagrammers/bloggers get. I hate the “just do it/don’t take the stairs/anyone can do it just make the time/exercise is the best thing ever!!!” crap because it always makes me feel guilty. Always. Every single time.

4. Tiny Houses

I don’t think I really need to explain this one, do I? Tiny homes aren’t for people in wheelchairs. They’re just not. They’re cute, sure, but they’re wildly inaccessible.

5. Winged Eyeliner

For people with shaky hands or have a hard time gripping things like a pen or brush, winged eyeliner is really difficult or even impossible for some. I can’t rotate my wrists or reach very far, so I do my right eye with my right hand and my left eye with my left hand. There’s no way I can do winged eyeliner with my left hand. It would be an absolute wreck, although I’m also a little tempted to try because I’m sure it’d be hilarious to watch.

There are so many more, but these 5 are what really stick out to me right now. If you like any of these, that’s fine! They’re trends for a reason! I don’t take any issue with people who wear rompers or live in tiny houses, I just want people to understand how far and wide inaccessibility spreads. It’s not just big things, like not being able to get in a building. It’s things like not being able to find clothes that fit you or feeling left out from something as small as a makeup tutorial.

I guess my point is just that it’s fine to not like something, but everyone should have the option to like whatever they want.

Have you ever felt left out because of something trendy? Let me know!

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