Ableism and Accessibility

​When opening a box of Dao Labs herbs the other day, I saw “Health is the greatest possession” and it just didn’t sit well with me.  I just wrote to the company to share my impression.  I think health and balance are important, of course something I help my clients work toward, AND being ill or unwell or imperfect or sick is part of being human.  I don’t want to support ableist, colonialist or capitalist language, even using the word possession is a bit intense for me…..any thoughts? Feel free to share them below.

PS:  Ableist language is any word or phrase that devalues people who have physical or mental disabilities. Its appearance often stems not from any intentional desire to offend, but from our innate sense of what it means to be normal.

To dive deeper, from a website I love:

And for more info about accessibility, something I am coming up against right now as an acupuncturist looking for an accessible space to see my clients. It is surprising how many offices are not accessible or ADA compliant, which I would like to see change. I will let y’all know which spot I land on.

Thanks y’all!  ~ Erin




One thought on “Ableism and Accessibility

  1. And after hearing back from the company and not being acknowledged or heard about what I was saying, just getting an explanation that it is a Lao Tzu quotation, I wrote again:

    Do you notice how it might not sit well with those in the disabled community? And the phrase might imply that perfect health is what we should be striving towards and that may not be realistic or attainable? I see so many clients with chronic pain and illness, and the reality is that health goes through cycles, and the greatest quality isn’t being physically healthy, but rather being adaptable and getting the support we need from community, herbs, bodywork, whatever works. Healing is a combination of so many tools and resources. That is part of what makes Chinese Medicine so beautiful, it is relational and about patterns, it is not linear or hierarchical. I do think we are living during an exciting time of changing vocabulary, which will hopefully make the world a more inviting place for all. Any thoughts?

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