NYLPI Senior Social Worker Michelle Kraus Shared Testimony in Support of Local Law INT-209-2022March 7, 2023
Disability Justice, Health Justice, Legislative, Media Coverage, News
As a person with short stature, I have experienced discrimination based on unalterable physical characteristics. People have immediately judged my abilities, competence, and intelligence based on my appearance. Over time, people have been influenced to think people with visible differences are physically and mentally impaired, especially when portrayed in mainstream media as fantastical caricatures or inspirations that deserve the public’s compassion and sympathy. It is easy to ignore individual qualities when impressions are solely based on appearance.”
Read Michelle’s full testimony here.
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