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5 ways you can actually help disabled people

5 ways you can actually help disabled people

When abled people interact with disabled people, they often feel like they need to do something to help. While that’s a great thing at its core and I always appreciate a helping hand, there are times when someone with good intentions might do more harm than good simply […]

The truth about “living off” SSI

The truth about “living off” SSI

Everyone seems to be incredibly opinionated about programs like SSI and the people who rely on them. Some are for it, a lot are really angry about it, and most really don’t understand it. My family has relied on SSI and Medicaid my entire life, […]

Guest Post: 5 Things I want people to know about Spina Bifida

Guest Post: 5 Things I want people to know about Spina Bifida

Hi, friends! Today, I wanted to do something a little bit different on my blog. I asked one of my best friends, Sarah, to write a post about Spina Bifida. Sarah and I are constantly learning from each other because our disabilities are so different. […]

Disabled Joy at Disney World

Disabled Joy at Disney World

One of my very favorite hashtags to ever be created is #DisabledJoy. Andrew / @menajew created it to show the world that happy disabled people exist, despite the narrative that abled society spins so often. There’s a common misconception that you can’t be Disabled and […]

A rough week of getting sick and getting anxious

A rough week of getting sick and getting anxious

My body is wonky in a lot of ways, but I think the most obnoxious is how easily I get sick. There was a chunk of my childhood where I’d suddenly get sick, land in the ER, and spend a week in the hospital every […]

Dodging the disability debt spiral

Dodging the disability debt spiral

Not so fun fact: having a disability makes debt far more likely. Why? For a lot of reasons – enough that I could have a separate blog dedicated to the issue. Having a disability can make it difficult to work in a million different ways. […]

What do you do when you can’t see yourself represented anywhere

What do you do when you can’t see yourself represented anywhere

Close your eyes and picture the person who’s got it all figured out. The one who’s living the kind of life you want, the one with the answers and the one you look to when you’re trying to plan for your future. They’re the person […]

On the subject of pity

On the subject of pity

I was listening to Dax’s podcast, Armchair Expert, a few weeks ago and there was a moment that stood out to me in the episode with Ashton Kutcher. Ashton was talking about his disabled brother, who told him something along the lines of ‘every time […]

How to make your home more accessible when you can’t afford modifications

How to make your home more accessible when you can’t afford modifications

One of the most frustrating things about being a disabled human is the fact that our homes are so often inaccessible. I mean, I’ve lived in Florida since 2005 in three different homes, and not one had a bathroom that was actually accessible. Modifications are expensive and […]

What I wish my teachers had told me

What I wish my teachers had told me

When I was in school, it was wildly apparent that my teachers really had no idea what to do with disabled students. There weren’t very many of us, and even fewer of us in mainstream classes. So, when I showed up they didn’t know how […]