I’ve been contemplating how to write this blog for a few days. Instinctively I find myself wheeling on eggshells over this topic when I really shouldn’t. As disabled people we’re expected to answer everyone’s questions with a smile, always be polite even when people are being rude and offensive and we’re expected to never show any sort of anger or resentment. If we do, we’re labeled as ungrateful.
Ya’ll asked for it and here it is: Things Abled People Have Said to Disabled People Part 3:
When an event talks about nothing but how inclusive it is abled people kind of assume that everyone is going to be accepted there. Often times for disabled people that’s not what happens though. Continue reading “Exclusion at Inclusion Events”
This post may be triggering for those of you who grew up in hospitals like I did.
The phrases in quotes are directly from my childhood medical records.
My diagnosis is actually C-PTSD, which is a more complex version of PTSD, but for this post I have just used the term PTSD to explain things.
My first Things Abled People Have Said to Disabled People was such a big hit I decided to do it again. So here’s part 2:
September is here and so begins fall, and Chiari Malformation Awareness Month. Now if you don’t know anyone with Chiari chances are you’ve never heard of it. But Chiari isn’t rare, not by a long shot. Chiari affects 1/110 people but it’s most commonly found on autopsies.
Here are some commonly unknown things about Chiari Malformation. Continue reading “What is Chiari Malformation?”
I grew up disabled in an abled world. I didn’t have many disabled friends and often times the abled people around me didn’t know how to handle me. I think a lot of people think of the hardest cases of disability when they hear the world “disabled”. I’ve personally seen people’s faces drop when they see me for the first time after hearing about my existence. Usually their mouths would fall open and they would exclaim something like, “But she’s so pretty!” or something similar. Continue reading “Things Abled People Have Said To Disabled People”