People with disabilities are everywhere.
Non-visible or visible, we are all over the place, from Hollywood to Silicon Valley to prisons, the streets of Ohio, towers in New York City and the yurt-dwelling hills on the Lost Coast of California!
Disabilities that count: chronic illness, learning disabilities, reading disabilities, blindness, deafness, stature difference, facial difference, things that change the way your body or brain function like bi-polar disorder, autism or muscular dystrophy. Chromosomal differences, illnesses that lead to a change in your body (like polio), and you know what? That’s the tip of the iceberg!
Disability is normal.
Disability is normal, it’s a natural part of the human experience. Disability isn’t anything to be afraid of and disability benefits humanity because it pushes us to think outside the mainstream box.
The presence of disability creates opportunity to innovate, create, explore, discover. Disability is not the absence of ability but rather the duality of experience.
Disability is something that anyone can acquire at any time! It’s open to all, and sooner or later, everyone’s likely to join the club, so it’s a good idea to start getting to know what lives lived with disability look like!
And guess what….? (spoiler – sorry) they look a hell of a lot like lives lived without disability….
Here are the latest from the Instagram-based collaborative project, 365 Days with Disability – join on, allies are welcome – just hashtag your photos #365dayswithdisability and join the share.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.