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“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 […]

Is online activism a thing?

Is online activism a thing?

A big part of activism is going to marches and protests, or simply getting out and talking to people to spread whatever message it is that you’re trying to help. But when you’re disabled, that’s not always possible. I’ve seen a lot of people discuss […]

5 things to know when getting accommodations in school

5 things to know when getting accommodations in school

When I look back on my years at school, I’m mostly just amazed that I survived waking up at 5 am every day and was a functional human being by 7. I have no idea how I managed that, and I do not envy kids […]

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 […]

Tips for traveling with a disability

Tips for traveling with a disability

If I could tick just one thing off my bucket list, it’d be to travel. I’ve always daydreamed about going on an adventure, looking out a plane window to see fluffy white clouds, and exploring countries I’d only seen on tv. Every time my friends or […]

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. […]

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. […]