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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Childhood, Selfhood, and the American Girl

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By Allison Epstein, Intern 2013 It’s amazing how much of an impact our favorite childhood toys can have on us years and decades later. If I asked you what toy you treasured back in the day, what would you say? Maybe we have some Lego people out there, or Easy Bake Oven folks, or for children of the nineties like me, Doodle … [Read more...]

“Attention: People With Body Parts”

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By Melissa A. Fabello "I sit on the freckled sidewalk miles and years later. You bend in the humid air, bowing down to the grass mingling between the cracks. You, like the grass, would always come back. Through the cracks, through the scar tissue of my razor-cut legs. I trace my fingertips through your misplaced feathers, early … [Read more...]

“Push Girls”: Exploiting Disabilities or Promoting Inclusion?

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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...]