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Kari Turner

Kari Turner

A white woman with long blond hair and glasses sits in front of red and green brocade curtains, beaming into the camera. She's wearing a fluffy pink sweater and two necklaces, one on a short gold chain and the other on a long black leather cord

Please find all of Kari’s posts on Unpacking Disability here!

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

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

This is part of the series by Kari Turner, which explores internalized ableism. 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 with my cerebral palsy (CP). [...]

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, …

What Is An Intellectual Disability?

What is an intellectual disability, exactly? How can we tell what’s an intellectual disability or another type of disability? Is there a way to tell?

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

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 [...]

Disabled Moms Interview Project: Featuring Kari Turner

Disabled Moms Interview Project, featuring Kari Turner

The Pros and Cons of Having a Non-Visible Disability: A Conversation with Kari and Louisa

Louisa, an autistic woman, and Kari, a woman with cerebral palsy (or “Ceep” as she likes to refer to herself in community with other “palsy people”) recently got together at Meriah’s invitation to discuss the pros and cons of different kinds of disability, as follows. LOUISA PRO: I can choose who knows. Because people cannot [...]

Voices of the Disability Community: Kari Lynn Pope

The “Voices from the Disability Community” series, in which people with disabilities share different slices of their lives. A space for people to hopefully connect over shared voices, experiences or disabilities. Please welcome Kari Lynn Pope ____________________________ Getting to Know You Your name:  Kari Lynn Pope, but that’s about to change because I’m getting married …

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