Disability Pride Month: Disability Representation on Screen

This week, I wanted to share some recommendations for good disability representation on screen. When I say good representation, I mean that the stories told aren't cliche stories of disabled people as burdens, or as someone to be pitied, AND that the actors playing these characters are disabled themselves. This list isn't exhaustive, but the full version of that list wouldn't be that long, either. We still have a looong way to go until disabled people really feel represented on screen.

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Disability Pride Month: Accessibility in Healthcare

I talk a lot about accessibility out in the community, and it society - inaccessibility in the places I go the most, and the things I like to spend my time doing. But I've realized I've shared very little about accessibility in medical situations. I think that because people think of disability as a medical issue (rather than a societal one), they assume that healthcare must be accessible. I'm here to tell you that mostly... it's not.

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Disability Pride Month: My Caregiving Situation

I think I've share a little bit about my care needs before, but I don't think I've ever written a full post about it exclusively. It's on the top of my mind right now because my PCA (personal care attendant) was out on vacation last week, so my life was a little more chaotic than usual. I typically use the term PCA when I'm referring to someone who is paid to help me with my needs. Some people might use the word caregiver, some people might use the word aide - there are lots of different terms that get used, but they all mean roughly the same thing. Just wanted to get the language out of the way upfront! Personally, I have a mix of PCAs (well, right now, I have one PCA - more on that in a bit) and unpaid caregivers… aka my parents.

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Disability Pride Month: Books

I'm so excited to write this post! It's something that I've wanted to write for a while, but honestly never quite got around to it - and then I realized that Disability Pride Month was the perfect time. Today I'm sharing books with disabled or chronically ill characters, or written by disabled or chronically ill authors (or both!). It's hard to put into words how important it is for disabled people to be represented in books - to feel seen in the things you're reading. And for non-disabled people, reading about disabled characters, or reading about disability, can help broaden your understanding. It's so important and honestly, something that's still really lacking.

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Disability Pride Month: How to Talk to Kids About Disability

This has been a highly requested post! I get it - knowing the best way to talk to kids about disability is tough. I know that I don't have kids, but I've had so many interactions out in public with kids and their parents - some good, some not so great. So I'm going to share a few tips and the best things you can do to talk with kids about disabilities without making it awkward for anyone.

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Disability Pride Month: Traveling While Disabled

Traveling with a disability, for me, is pretty complicated. This is not going to be an exhaustive post - there is just so much that goes into traveling that there's no way I can fit it all into one post. But I'm going to cover some of the basics, and add in details where I can. My hope is that for other disabled people, you either learn some tips and tricks or feel seen, and for non-disabled people, that you realize how inaccessible so much of travel can be, and give disabled travelers a little grace.

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