There have been a lot of amazing posts on disability this year. And because there are just so many, I want to share them with you a bit at a time. It's my hope that you'll find new blogs to follow, and new perspectives to consider:
A Grocery Store Trip by Fox at Fox Talks With Letters
Fox shares about a trip to the grocery store where a man made a rude comment to him about his accommodations. Fox so vividly describes his need for this particular accommodation and why the man's comment so hurt him. His mom told him what mine often told me: a variation of "don't let him get to you," as this is "not a regular thing." As Fox puts it: BUT STARES ARE REGULAR. Long after you have forgotten the comment made in the grocery store, the little boy you made it about is still thinking about it. For a brilliant firsthand account of a child experiencing ableism, please read this.
|[Image is: the HARD TERRIBLE GROCERY STORE, as Fox describes it in his post.]|
a question by Jess at A Diary of a Mom
Jess makes a compelling point about privacy for autistic kids on the internet. Curious about what I mean? Check out the post. You won't regret it.
A Walk in the Park From the Depths of Hell (AKA Whoever came up with this expression clearly didn't have CP) (AKA WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO) by K at Transcending CP
K does an outstanding job in this post at explaining just how difficult it is to be spontaneous with CP (and how difficult it is to multitask!) If you've got CP, or if a loved one does, check this out. You'll either come away knowing you're not alone, or with a greater understanding of why a walk in the park ISN'T a walk in the park when you have CP.
Being a Black Disabled Woman Is An Act of Defiance: Remembering #KorrynGaines by Vilissa at Ramp Your Voice!
Vilissa is, as always, a strong voice for the Black Disabled community. She boldly shares about how being a Black disabled woman is an act of defiance and what that means, exactly. Her voice is much needed. If you have not read her blog yet, check it out.
#DisabilityTooWhite: Making the “Good Trouble” in Advocacy by Vilissa at Ramp Your Voice!
The hashtag itself is very in-your-face, and that is how I want it to be remembered – there is no question what it is about, and the discussion that is to follow. I, like so many, are tired of the “tip-toeing” around sensitive matters in our communities and advocacy to protect or coddle the feelings of those who will be most resistant in trying to effect change that will empower us all. - Vilissa
Which one of these posts resonated with you the most, and why? Share in the comments! (And don't forget to comment to Fox, Jess, K and Vilissa if you liked their posts, too!)