Nondisabled people: Please stop arguing with us about our experiences

I keep noticing a really peculiar trend, and while I’m speaking from the perspective of disability, it’s by no means limited to disability — it happens with race, with gender, with religious faith. It starts with a disabled person making a statement about her life, a comment on disability representation, expressing irritation with her treatment […]

Does My Disability Pride Scare You?

Nondisabled people are often extremely uncomfortable around expressions of disability pride and culture. The very idea that disability confers membership in a specific community, and is about more than a particular physical, cognitive, or intellectual impairment, seems deeply frightening and sometimes alienating. Disability is viewed as inherently isolating, an unrelenting tragedy; that people might not […]