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Finding Humor

January 5, 2010

I just wanted to share one of my new favorite blogs with you all. The Deal with Disability is written by Eva, a 26 year old female college graduate and wheelchair user. Because Eva has cerebral palsy, short hair and is relatively small people frequently mistake her for a 10 year old boy with mental disabilities. As you might guess, this leads to many situations in which people act inappropriately towards her. And then Eva makes fun of them in her snarky, hilarious and informative blog. Take “Leaf Lady” for instance:

So I was walking one of my dog walking clients (a kind of intimidating looking pit bull) and this woman yells out to me. This is someone I have never seen before on my walks through the area. I come closer thinking maybe she had some important information for me. But instead she exclaimed, “Look! I have a red leaf for you! Do you want to see it?” I just continued walking. My aide said with blatant sarcasm, “Oh great. That is wonderful.” […] Next time that happens I want to reverse roles and have my aide talk to her like she’s 5. “Oh, great job on your leaf finding! You must be sooooo proud!”

Ok, so I love reading Eva’s blog simply because of her sarcasm, but her anecdotes also make me think about the ableist assumptions that most of us make when we see people like Eva. Enjoy!

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  1. Becky permalink
    January 12, 2010 4:30 PM

    Thanks so much for highlighting this blog. Eva is hilarious. I think I’ve now read almost every post. One of my faves is this new one about being mistaken for a child named Shawn with a disability.
    One commenter is priceless:

    You really need to go easy on the lady. I once mistook my disabled daughter in her wheelchair for Michael Jackson. As a matter of fact, just last week I would have sworn that Lady Gaga was in a chair in my living room, but alas, it was Pearlsky. Wheelchairs just make you look like other people …

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