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Disability Tropes 101: “The Genius Cripple”
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Disability Tropes 101: “The Genius Cripple”

The Genius Cripple trope is pronounced in representations of disability in popular media and is generally grounded in the idea of a mind-body dichotomy. The notion of the mind-body dichotomy assumes that the mind and body are distinct from one another. This dichotomy is traced back to the philosopher Descartes, who suggested a distinction between … Continue reading

Featured SpAN Author: Marianne Granger
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Featured SpAN Author: Marianne Granger

A trained psycho-social counselor and life coach, (and author of Higher Maintenance, published in 2016 by Balboa Press) Marianne Granger’s commitment to helping people led her to work as coordinator of a volunteer center, and years later, as director of a large food bank. While managing and training employees and volunteers, she wrote and edited promotional … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: “The Crippled Sidekick”
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: “The Crippled Sidekick”

Throughout this series, I hope to bring to light some of the tropes around disability in order to (1) improve the representation of disabled people and (2) provide writing tips for those of you who want to include disabled people in your stories. Today’s lesson is about The Crippled Sidekick. This is a common trope of disability, … Continue reading

Super Spoonie Mom!
chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Fibromyalgia / Living fully / Parenting / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Super Spoonie Mom!

Super Spoonie Mom. Yeah, that’s me. I have chronic pain and a fatigue that has never gone away. I’m also the mother of a two-year-old who, I swear, is nuclear powered. Most kids, when they have run around for three hours, crash and sleep. NOT THIS CHILD. Nope. She keeps going.  If I could only … Continue reading