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

[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 Invisible
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I Thought I Was Invisible

[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 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…

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

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

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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…