How I Rewrote the Story of My Heart Defect

Stefan Van der Straeten

By Camille DePutter I was born with a congenital heart defect called "complete heart block." It was not a tragic or even particularly dramatic condition. It was certainly not visible or noticeable to the rest of the world. In other words, it was easy to hide. In simplest terms, the condition meant that my heart beat … [Read more...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick” — Living With a Chronic Invisible Illness


By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 "Mom," I choked into the phone. "Mom, I —" Mom, I can't breathe. Mom, I'm clawing at my legs and arms, like I'm trying to break out of my own skin. Mom, I think I'm dying. "Jessica? Jessica!" My mother's voice carried through the phone and across the country. "You're OK. Just take a … [Read more...]

The Accidental Alien

Interdimensional Guardians

By Marc Stecker at Wheelchair Kamikaze, cross-posted with permission Imagine for a second that you're a perfectly healthy, able-bodied person, minding your own business, walking down a quiet suburban street just after nightfall. Suddenly, you are caught in the tremendous vacuum of a strange whirl of blue light, and you feel … [Read more...]

Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

Daniel Lobo

By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]

Dear World: How I Got My Brain Injury Is None of Your Business

Just Ard

By Cheryl Green If you saw me on the street, you wouldn't think much of it ... until I wander into a lamppost and swat it for attacking me. Someday, I hope to stop walking into things. But for now, I do it because I've sustained many, many mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that have messed with my neurology. I don't fully … [Read more...]

Please Stop Saying “Don’t Let Your Disabilities Define You!”: An Open Letter to Almost Everyone

Rowena Waack via Flickr

By Rabbit KM for Queer Cripple, cross-posted with permission Hi, able[-bodied] people! Today on Twitter, I saw a series of tweets by @shufflejoy  that I wish all abled people would read and think about: It’s important. People, particularly abled people, try to separate disabled people from our disabilities a lot. For … [Read more...]

7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them


By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 Imagine this: you’re in the waiting room of a new doctor’s office, eager to learn more about and start birth control. You’ve asked a family member to join you, and together you wait for the nurse to call your name for the appointment. Fifteen minutes go by. Twenty minutes. Twenty-five. You’re … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Be an Ally to People with Invisible Disabilities

Image by Sodanie Chea

By Sara Whitestone Cross-posted with permission from Everyday Feminism As someone who lives with an invisible disability, I struggle on a daily basis to live with my ever-changing abilities. My condition reacts to a variety of factors, so my symptoms vary on any given day. Some days, I have to use a wheelchair with powerful … [Read more...]

“Inspiration Porn”: A Discussion


This post is excerpted from a discussion from the team at Disability in Kid Lit. You can read more on the topic, and check out their other great work, at their website.  This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they … [Read more...]

“Push Girls”: Exploiting Disabilities or Promoting Inclusion?

© Sundance Channel

By Valerie Martin The Pitch: Another reality show about attractive women in Los Angeles hardly sounds like something we need…right? That’s what Sundance Channel executive Sarah Burnett thought during the first few moments of the pitch tape of Push Girls that producer Gay Rosenthal brought to her. But then the camera zoomed … [Read more...]