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This site is now called “Unpacking Disability” – because from the time I first started this blog (in 2007), understanding disability- as in disability identity, disability culture, myself with disabilities, my kids with disabilities, the world as it relates to disability – has been at the heart of it.

“Disability” is a big word. The point of this blog is to get to understand it better.

What Can You Expect at Unpacking Disability?

You can expect opinion pieces, interviews, resources. You can expect uncomfortable conversations, comfortable reviews. You can expect this to be a safe and caring space. I might mess up in how I dig deep or in how I deliver, but I am sincere and I try. I appreciate grace, and try to give it as well.

There are some personal pieces as well, for those of you who have been hanging out with me for years.

About Me

meriah nicholsI’m Meriah, mom of 3. One of my kids has Down syndrome, another is on the Autism spectrum. I myself am deaf, have C-PTSD, TBI and apparently I fit on the Autism spectrum as well.

I’m a career counselor by trade, soon to add general mental health counseling to that. I am a plant nerd, traveler and cat lover.

PR/Advertising/Sponsorship Stuff:

I love doing sponsored pieces for brands and programs that I believe in. I also love connecting us in the disability community with resources.

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Donna Wexler

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

You have inspired me. I am the parent of a 45 y o young man w severe disabilities. He has been my greatest teacher and has taught me patience, resilience, and cause for using my creativity. I am an SLP and, because of my life as his parent, I have been able to share my heart and lessons w many children and their parents. I support you in your venture!

Neil Seymour

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I'm disabled and cannot get out, I have to rely on people who are passing by to pick things up for me. I hate it asking for help from anyone that includes my only daughter after losing both my sons. She lives in a different town from me


Monday 3rd of August 2020

I'm interested in your writings about the 'hierarchy' within the broad disability space. What all have you written because I thoroughly respected your POV on the one I read recently? Do you know where I can find more resources on this topic, please?


Tuesday 4th of August 2020

thanks for that compliment. I don't actually know of anything else that has been written on it. I highly recommend Andrew Pulrang's writing though - he writes on Forbes now, and he covers most everything in his excellent essays.

Michele Courtney

Thursday 20th of February 2020

Hello I am a creative job coach for a special needs adult that makes all kinds of things she’s trying to sell on Etsy and not having much luck. I googled and came across your site and thought maybe this would be a good place for her or you could guide us.


Sunday 9th of February 2020

Just found your blog and looking forwarding to reading more. I'm a guy with Spina Bifida, but for about 20+ years of my life, I lived as though I didn't have it. I had a rough childhood, then things evened out for a number of years, before mobility and other issues came up. During that time, I didn't have much to do with the disabled community. But, as my circumstances started to change, I have re-engaged and am learning so much. For me, as a young man, I wanted so desperately to be like everyone else, that I distanced myself from anyone in the disabled community that appeared "worse" than I did.

Anyway - Older and wiser now, I suppose. :)


Sunday 9th of February 2020

thanks for wandering over - I'm looking forward to getting to know you, too!

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