“Are you helping or are you buttering the cat?” Jorts and Disability Twitter

Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University)

People with disabilities have created an interesting and complex space on Twitter, often discussing their own experiences both to connect with other disabled people, but also to clarify their experiences and discuss pertinent issues to those currently without disabilities. Shortly after Jorts started trending, several people on disability twitter saw parallels to Jorts’ experience in the workplace with their own struggles obtaining workplace accommodations. Their discussions often centered on the differences between what people with disabilities need vs. what others believe are helpful. Jorts quickly became an easy example of disability in the workplace and a way to reach those currently without disabilities.

Part of 03-03 Jorts (Unbuttered, Unbothered, Unionized) [hybrid], Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm