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Reactions to Stephen Hawking's death betrays ableist preconceptions

I really think I need to flag this Yahoo article up about how much of the reaction to Stephen Hawking's death so far can be seen as ablest. The way it goes on ad nauseam about hawking being amazing 'despite his disability', and the vomit-worthy crap about him 'being free now' etc illustrates the anti-disability prejudices ingrained in society. As the article says, having a disability is seen automatically as an impediment or hinderance, rather than just something which makes you, you. There is the preconception that a disability is automatically something to be overcome, so, the article points out, the vast majority of the reaction to Hawking's death has focussed on his disability rather than his work as a physicist and activist. As it says, ''There's nothing wrong with celebrating Hawking's life and incredible work - but it's possible to do that without fixating on his disability.''

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