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Tag: ableism

“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 […]

5 Things to never say to your disabled coworker

5 Things to never say to your disabled coworker

Here’s a question: why, in 2018, do people still seem to lose the ability to have a normal conversation with someone who has a disability? What is it about my wheelchair that causes random people to forget what manners are or what acceptable small talk […]

The Problem with ‘Wheelchair-Bound’

The Problem with ‘Wheelchair-Bound’

I still remember the day I brought my first power wheelchair home. I remember the feeling of absolute giddiness. For the first time in my entire life, I didn’t need help to get around. I didn’t have to struggle. I could go from one end […]

I’m never going to overcome my disability

I’m never going to overcome my disability

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Facebook, then you’ve probably seen a viral article about someone who has ‘overcome’ their disability. A kid getting out of their wheelchair to walk at graduation or a child hearing their parents voice for the first time. […]

How To Talk To Disabled People

How To Talk To Disabled People

Here’s a step by step guide on how to talk to a disabled person! Step 1: Look at them, not their caregiver, friend, spouse, or family member. Step 2: Literally just talk to them like you would to any other human being. If you completed […]