Canadian amputee Allison Lang tells fans to 'respect' disabled people's boundaries
Allison Lang believes everyone is deserving of "respect."
Over the weekend, the Canadian amputee and disability advocate took to Instagram to post a video of her sunbathing alongside an important message about adhering to "disabled people's boundaries."
In the clip, Lang, who was born without the lower half of her left leg, wore a green sports bra and blue gym shorts. She tied her hair in a ponytail and relaxed on a beach chair while soaking up the sun.
On the screen, Lang explained that although she is comfortable speaking about her disability, many others are not.
"I have something important to share with you! Just because I am open about my disability does’t mean everyone with a disability is comfortable talking about theirs. Don’t ask ‘what happened to you’ as it can make some people relive their traumas," she penned. "Instead, wait for them to share their story with you when they feel ready. And if they never tell you, that is their personal choice. Respect that. Disabled people don’t only exist to talk about our disabilities."
In the caption, the athlete and public speaker opened up about her disabled body and how those with disabilities shouldn't be treated differently than people who are able bodied.
"Please be considerate of disabled peoples boundaries. We don’t exist to inspire, to be the victim, or to feel the need to explain what happened to us," she wrote.
"What happened to me? I was born this way: missing my leg. Sure I have trauma from surgeries, bullies, etc. But I choose to share my story, and not everyone has to," she added. "Maybe you have things in your life you’d rather not share with strangers…well the same goes with disabled people."
At the end of her caption, Lang left fans with an empowering message about consideration.
"Maybe they don’t want to share their story and you need to respect that. It’s their body," she concluded.
Fans praised the influencer for her "real" message and shared their stories in the comments.
"Thanks! It is so personal to talk about my disability, which is the result of a traumatic accident! Like I don't ask people I don't know about the worst thing that happened to them! I am happy to share what happened but on my own terms," commented a follower.
"This is so special and real. I don’t want to talk about my disability I just want to exist like anyone else. But instead it’s the first thing I have to answer when I meet someone," shared a fan.
"Precisely this!" wrote someone else.
"I love this! Really well said," another follower told Lang.
Earlier this month, Lang spoke to Yahoo Canada about modelling, fitness, and finding self-confidence.
At the end of the interview, the public speaker shared her advice for women who are trying to love themselves and become more self-confident.
"We all have insecurities, whether we can see them or not. And I think that if we truly start to appreciate who we are authentically, we can learn to not judge ourselves so harshly," Lang said after reflecting on her self-love journey. "My advice would be to connect with others who celebrate your differences instead of hiding them. Embrace change. Embrace the fact that there are people out there who love you for you, and no matter what you look like or what you're able to do, trust that you have it within you to be strong and to make a difference."
"I think that if we truly start to appreciate who we are authentically, we can learn to not judge ourselves so harshly," she concluded.
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