Equipment for People with Cerebral Palsy (CP)
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Equipment for People with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

This is written by Kari Turner, who has CP, on questions to ask regarding equipment for people with CP, things to consider in looking for or at equipment, and how to determine what’s really useful or needed. “How do we as people with cerebral palsy (CP) equip our lives? Or equip ourselves to live? “…

Get the Real Story on Developmental Disability Awareness: 4 Interviews

Get the Real Story on Developmental Disability Awareness: 4 Interviews

Developmental disability awareness isn’t something that happens in a vacuum. We’re promoting these interviews with four lived experts in developmental disability during this awareness month, but as we all know, “awareness” is ongoing learning, and ongoing application. Unless and until we have an accessible society, we’ll keep going. Here’s a short reel of Kari, introducing…

What is Neurodiversity?

What is Neurodiversity?

This is a a short explanatory post on what “neurodiversity” means If you are like me, you might have heard people use the term neurodiversity often in discussions of difference or disability, especially online and in the social media sphere. If–also like me–you are disabled but not necessarily on the spectrum, you may be wondering…

I Thought I Was Invincible
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I Thought I Was Invincible

[vc_row color=”” message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”info” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-info-circle” icon_monosocial=”vc-mono vc-mono-fivehundredpx” icon_openiconic=”” icon_typicons=”” icon_entypo=”” icon_linecons=”” icon_pixelicons=””][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is a continuation of Kari Turners “I Thought I Was Just Stupid” Series that pokes around internalized ableism. For more of Kari’s work, visit her page on Unpacking Disability, and consider subscribing (below) so you never miss a…

I Thought I Was Just Lazy
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I Thought I Was Just Lazy

This is a continuation of Kari Turners “I Thought I Was Just Stupid” Series that pokes around internalized ableism. For more of Kari’s work, visit her page on Unpacking Disability,, and consider subscribing (below) so you never miss a post! Now, from Kari: ____________________ In talking with Black/Boricua, disabled non-binary ballet dancer, Jay Moye (they/them,)…

I Thought I Was Invisible
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I Thought I Was Invisible

This is a continuation of Kari Turners “I Thought I Was Just Stupid” Series that pokes around internalized ableism. For more of Kari’s work, visit her page on Unpacking Disability,, and consider subscribing (below) so you never miss a post! Now, from Kari: ____________________ This time around, I had the pleasure of speaking with my…

I Thought I Was Just Stupid
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I Thought I Was Just Stupid

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is part of the series by Kari Turner, which explores internalized ableism.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”square” message_box_color=”violet”] I Thought I Was Just Stupid That’s right, once upon a time I had no idea that any struggle of mine beyond the most obvious physical ones – falling, keeping my balance – had anything to do…

Everything You Wanted to Know About Special Needs Trusts!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Special Needs Trusts!

Special Needs Trusts and Parents of Kids with Disabilities If you have a child with a disability – or if you have a disability yourself – special needs trusts have probably been on your radar for a while. I know they have for me… the thing is, what with Social Security income and asset limitations,…

How Do I Get SSI For My Child with a Disability
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How Do I Get SSI For My Child with a Disability

This is a question-and-answer post about getting SSI for a child with a disability. It’s meant to break it down to make it easier to understand the how, why and wherefore’s of this. This post includes useful links to SSA (Social Security Administration) to give you more thorough information. We at Unpacking Disability are NOT…

The Difference Between SSI and SSDI

The Difference Between SSI and SSDI

This is about the difference between SSI and SSDI. Disclaimer: we are not benefits planners here at Unpacking Disability. This is simply information gleaned from personal experience and research. You need and want to do your own research with the Red Book (- link in post), and consult with your own disability benefits planner if…