Friday, December 30, 2016

Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 3)

It's time for the third round of Great Disability Blog posts.  If you missed the first two, part one is here and part two is here.  Today we have more posts by K, Vilissa and Mary Evelyn:

I Spoke. People Listened. by K at Transcending CP

This is such a triumphant, lovely post written by K, about the first time she spoke publicly about CP.  This was a huge milestone and I loved reading about how blogging helped her find her voice.

[Image is: a microphone, because I like to think that by doing a post like this, our voices, and voices of people who respect and support us will be amplified.]

If I Die in Police Custody… by Vilissa at Ramp Your Voice!

Vilissa leaves a stunning, sobering and deeply personal set of final instructions in the event that she were ever killed by law enforcement.  A horrifying possibility, and even moreso, for her, and all those who must think about these possibilities, because they are, in fact, their realities.


Mary Evelyn shares what a difference an accessible playground makes for her son.  She vividly shares how playing at an inaccessible playground does not feel much like playing at all.  But how playing somewhere where it was accessible made all the difference in the world.  As usual, a funny, respectful take on this issue.

Letter to Pope Francis: My Disability Is Not for You to Objectify by Vilissa at Ramp Your Voice!

A strong and respectful letter to the Pope about his comments in April about how "people with disabilities are gifts to their families."  Vilissa shares, unapologetically that her family should love her regardless of how God made her and that she is the disabled one, not them.  I absolutely adore her candor.

Little Known Black History Fact: Elizabeth Suggs, Early 20th Century Author with Brittle Bones Disorder by Vilissa at Ramp Your Voice!

Part of being disabled means much of our history is happening right now.  Our civil rights movement is in its toddlerhood.  Because disabled people historically were institutionalized, it is so rare to find information about a disabled woman from the early 20th century, especially a Black disabled woman.  I loved so much learning all about Elizabeth Suggs courtesy of Vilissa's blog post.  It makes me feel like we do have a history after all.


Did you read these posts?  Which ones resonated with you most and why?  Let me know in the comments - or better yet - let K, Vilissa and Mary Evelyn know, by leaving them a comment.


Please feel free to leave a comment. I always love hearing from people. :)