Friday, November 25, 2016

Backdate: "Yes I Can, If..."

This is a realistic response to the slickly produced ad for the Paralympics that aired earlier this year. The ad proclaimed "there's no such thing as can't", which is woefully incorrect due in part to existing infrastructure. It also leads able bodied people to believe that anyone can "overcome" disability, which is not the case. I did enjoy that ad for the most part, but I enjoy this one better.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Backdate: Ableism In Activism

Sometimes, lending one's voice is literally all someone with disabilities can do. It can be disheartening to hear reinforced messages about how you're not doing/being enough or only doing the bare minimum when you're trying your hardest to show up for the larger community. Just because you can't see how we're contributing doesn't mean it isn't happening or isn't valuable. We are not a lazy demographic.
Right now, I'm not strong enough to march or attend rallies or sit-ins. I am currently in a place to be able to make modest donations, but this is certainly not always the case. The internet gives my disabled voice a potentially powerful platform that it wouldn't have otherwise. I'm going to use it when it's a viable option.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Backdate: Disabled in Trump's America

Speaking for myself. The incoming state of all branches of federal government is poised to take a crowbar to my health insurance and prescription coverage, my only source of income, my reproductive rights, my right to love and build a life with whomever I want, my right to exist as myself. My life and the lives of others hang needlessly in the balance for myriad reasons. They always do. This is not whining or being dramatic. It's my very real, actually happening life. You're damn right I take issue with that.
The way this brain communicates used to work well enough on social media, but not so much right now. If you feel like saying "Well, actually" or anything related to bootstraps, keep it to yourself. You don't know shit about it.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Backdate: Autism Testing

Effective communication is an obsession of mine and the response to this election demands it. For this reason, I'll share something that I wasn't going to talk about until I could officially say for certain -- "this is the thing".
I'm in the middle of testing to find my place on or near the autism spectrum. I've honed my skills over time and, when asked, most people say they can't tell that communication is often incredibly taxing and frustrating for me.
I am not looking for opinions or unhelpful comments right now. Please use patience and meet me where I am when discussing the grim turn our country has taken or anything else. I will continue to strive to do the same in return.