Blogging Against Disablism Day
Today is the fourth annual Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD), hosted by the blog Diary of a Goldfish. There is a long index of posts (categorized into broad topic areas) up at the blog right now, so take some time to check it out.
I’ve been reading through several of the posts, and wanted to highlight a couple I liked especially.
First, rachelcreative writes When My Disability is Invisible, in which she shares her frustrations with people failing to see a disability that is not always characterized by the traditional signs of disability. She also includes some of her artwork, some visual descriptors of her experience with her body.
Next, J.J. in LA discusses how people constantly underestimate her abilities in She can do that?. She also talks about the misconception that people with disabilities don’t have regular sex lives, sharing a great story:
A boyfriend and I were at dinner (I was in the wheelchair by then) when a woman came up to him and said, “Why are you with her, when you can have a REAL woman?” He took my hand, looked her straight in the eye and replied, “She’s better than you could EVER be…and I’m with her because she’s not a b!tch.”
Finally, though it’s from last year, Goldfish (whose blog hosts BADD) wrote The Language of Disability, a great piece examining the language that we use for people with disabilities.
Telling a story is a powerful thing. So is hearing one, especially if it’s nothing like your own. I hope you have some time over the next couple of days to read, appreciate, relate to, and learn from these posts about bodies!