Ever since I was a teenager, I remember having peers tell me privately that they appreciated when I raised my hand to ask a clarifying question. Or to challenge something I had heard by asking questions of those in authority. They would tell me they had the same questions but were too scared to speak … Read More
If you claim someone with a disability has inspired you, what were you inspired to do? The very word “inspire” involves the idea that someone is provoked to take action. I and others like me will never be viewed as equal if we continue to be reduced to being a source of warm fuzzies and objectified as life lessons.
Last weekend, I was able to participate in discussions about how both women and people with disabilities are portrayed in society as evidenced in various forms of media. The Bentonville Film Festival just wrapped up its fifth year in Northwest Arkansas and I took time to attend two events that address the role of both … Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I fell apart. It was a long time coming, and, truthfully, would have been better to have happened long ago. I sobbed genuine grief and for the first time in months, I finally didn’t feel this angry, tense, fearful grip on every part of my being. Life is still hard … Read More