For one year, I plan to document every item I purchase that falls under the category of a crip tax on my Instagram page with the hashtag #CripTaxProject. I will note the item(s) and price, as well as keep track of the year-to-date total with each new entry. At the end of the year, I’ll share the tax total and the number of items purchased.
A “crip tax” is the price disabled people have to pay for health and symptom management, accommodation, accessibility, etc. Purchases may be for medical items, medication and so on not covered under insurance plans. Crip tax also refers to fees incurred for ensuring accommodation needs are met (eg. extra fees for hotel rooms that are accessible, or extra charges for concert tickets with disabled seating). Being disabled is hella expensive! I hope that through this project, others will come to understand the economic disparities disabled people are stuck with.
I created this infographic in response to the numerous straw bans posed and/or passed throughout North America and Europe. Through the online Disability community, I found that the conversations brought up by pseudo-environmentalists (or greenies, as I irreverently like to call them) were often interrogative of and/or gaslit disabled people who require straws to drink and/or eat. For months–years, for some–the Disabled community has been expected to answer every invasive question regarding straw use and the viability of more eco-friendly alternatives.
The overwhelming and exhausting questioning resulted in our giving repetitive answers near-constantly. I found myself becoming drained by continually rewording the phrase “there are no viable alternatives” and even more exhausted and frustrated when said pseudo-environmentalists refused to believe in the validity of the single-use, bendable plastic straw as an access need. I witnessed my online acquaintances becoming just as exhausted and frustrated as me, and decided it was time to take action to protect my community.
The infographic is meant to be a quick, all-encompassing response to the interrogative questions regarding straw use and straw bans. I realize there are a few minor inaccuracies within the chart (eg. metal is not high-temp safe and the chart fails to cover allergies as a risk factor), but it spread beyond my own personal reaches of the internet so quickly that I was unable to edit it and repost. However, I believe it still serves its purpose as a tool for disabled people. I created it in hopes that it would be widely shared and used to help fellow disabled people reserve their much-needed and precious energy.
Twitter: The most important platform I use for connecting with the Disability community. Through sharing individual experiences, we are able to both learn from each other and provide community in shared moments.
Instagram: A collection of my artwork and some short poems. Through the stories feature, I capture vignettes of my experience with disability and archive them in the “in sickness” highlight.