Internalised Ableism, Week 5: Not Disabled Enough
Cerebral Palsy / Getting support / internalized ableism / Multiple Sclerosis / Uncategorized

Internalised Ableism, Week 5: Not Disabled Enough

I have an issue with appearing weak. This all started when I was born with spastic cerebral palsy. I was raised to believe that I would have to learn to do things for myself. I was raised not to be a quitter and to move forward, despite the pain that I might be in. It … Continue reading

Spoon Stealers, Week 2: We will steal your spoons. First, fill out this consent form.
Autism / Spoon Stealers / Spoonie Challenges

Spoon Stealers, Week 2: We will steal your spoons. First, fill out this consent form.

For far too many disabled people, finding services—let alone accessing them—is a difficult-to-impossible task. When one does find them, then attending appointments, going for tests, and so on, sucks up even more spoons. In almost every case, we have to sign forms giving the provider permission to steal our spoons in whatever way. ODSP wants … Continue reading

Spoon Stealers, Week 1: Using Strollers on Public Transit
Parenting / Spoon Stealers / Spoonie Challenges

Spoon Stealers, Week 1: Using Strollers on Public Transit

Editor’s Note: Our Spoon Stealers series was inspired by this week’s first post, written by Jen Desmarais. While the Spoonie Authors Network is mostly about our writing journey, it’s important for people to understand how situations in our daily lives rob us of our spoons. These articles are the personal experiences of our contributors. I … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Overcoming
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: Overcoming

One of the most problematic tropes that is projected onto disabled people and our narratives is the trope of Overcoming. In these narratives, disabled people are able to “overcome” their disability (that is, become able-bodied) by working hard and pushing boundaries. Disability activist Eli Clare observes: “Overcoming bombards disabled people. It’s everywhere. I think of … Continue reading