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Tag: ableism

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 […]

Ableism and Eugenics

Earlier this week I read a blog post by a woman who believes that we should “play God” and erase all the genes that cause disabilities. Gotta love a little friendly ableism with a side of eugenics, am I right? Her reasoning is that no […]