Tag: ableism

Times I got it wrong about disability

Times I got it wrong about disability

I didn’t really find my way to the disabled community until I was in college. Towards the tail end of it, even. In high school, I was online heavily like every other teenager, but I didn’t seek out people like me. To be honest, I…

7 Reasons why it’s time to stop accusing people of faking their disability

7 Reasons why it’s time to stop accusing people of faking their disability

Nearly every day I read another story about a disabled person being harassed in a public space for “faking” their disability. As a full time wheelchair user, and someone who’s very visibly affected by my disease, I’m lucky. No one ever really accuses me of…

Why it sucks that Bryan Cranston is playing a disabled character

Why it sucks that Bryan Cranston is playing a disabled character

A few days ago as I was scrolling through my timeline, I saw a tweet advertising Bryan Cranston’s new movie ‘The Upside’. Until then, I hadn’t heard anything about it but I’m a big fan of his, so I was excited to see his name…

Little ways to make asking for help just a little easier

Little ways to make asking for help just a little easier

Every day, all day, I ask for help. So you’d think I’d be totally comfortable with it by now. Nope! Not even close. Asking for help always puts you in a vulnerable position and even if everything goes perfectly, it can still feel a little…

“People with disabilities” vs “disabled people”

“People with disabilities” vs “disabled people”

The way we speak about ourselves and each other matters more than we sometimes realize. Subtle changes in our language can make a huge difference when it comes to the impact it has on society. That’s probably why for a lot of people, labels are a powerful thing…

Why insisting on praying for disabled people can be hurtful

Why insisting on praying for disabled people can be hurtful

I’ve lost count of how many times a stranger has stopped me when I’m out with my friends or family to pray for me. Even though it’s masked with good intentions, it’s probably one of my least favorite side effects that come with being disabled.…

It’s okay to be angry

It’s okay to be angry

Last week, I wrote a small thread on Twitter. I was frustrated because it’d been a hard week. My wheelchair needs repaired, and insurance had denied it because I was already denied LAST YEAR. Yeah, that was literally their reasoning. “We already said no, stop…

Dear disabled girls

Dear disabled girls

Dear disabled girls, Hey, you. I think there are a few things you need to know. I’m not here to preach or be a know-it-all, just to share a few things I definitely needed to hear when I was younger but never did. First of…

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…

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…