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Jillian A13 days ago
A Diagnosis Changed My Life
While the title gives the idea I was diagnosed recently, that is far from the case. I have been more or less in denial for nearly five years. When someone thinks autism, they do not believe a nerdy gi...
Marissa Swinta month ago
Growing Up Sick
Does anyone else hate it when you're sick and someone says something like, "Oh, it's not that bad, it's just a cold, stop complaining!" or anything along those lines? I do! Especially for someone like...
Khi Ellisona month ago
How I Handle Staring
Staring is something we're all guilty of doing. Hell, even I'm guilty of staring, but I feel as if staring is something we do simply out of curiosity. In my eyes, curiosity never killed the cat... but...
Robert Spencera month ago
Are You in Pain or Suffering?
Compassion: Pain, Suffering, and How We Relate
Empathy, Or Em...Pity?
In March 2018, upon invitation through a LinkedIn message, I attended a seminar entitled “Human-Centered Technology: The Human/Tech Paradox” in New York City. The keynote speaker was Concepción Galdón...
Iria Vasquez-Paez2 months ago
Fight the Good Fight
Ableism means that somebody is not taking into account a disability. It is like telling somebody in a wheelchair to get up and walk when they can’t. Or pointing out a person with diabetes’ need for in...
Jennifer Arnold2 months ago
'Celebrating' Autism Awareness Month
April has long been known as Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. Since my daughter’s diagnosis years ago, I have been involved in many online support groups, read many ...
Iria Vasquez-Paez2 months ago
On the Eve of April 1st
Welcome to abelism awareness month. Let me refresh some of your disability etiquette. Nobody thinks to treat disabled people as a whole person. They are too busy staring at the wheelchair, the medical...
Abellona T2 months ago
"His Autism Is in Your Head"
When we shared my husband’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis with his parents, they sat there in silence. Slow-motion minutes passed by as my father-in-law, whom I’ve come to learn is all abou...
Iria Vasquez-Paez2 months ago
Why Abelism Is Not Called For
Ableism sucks. Do not throw your abelist nonsense around. I can multi-task at home. I can multi-task elsewhere. But I cannot work full-time until I sleep the whole night properly. Really, if my family...
Star Julian3 months ago
My Story Isn't Over Yet
I died when I was two. For seven minutes, my heart did not beat. Then, the doctor brought me back to life. This is where my story begins. It was in February of 1981 when I became deathly sick from wha...
Jenna Logan3 months ago
Autism Does Not a Killer Make
In a million years, I did not think I would have to start another bloggy message about mental health, other than Autism information. Yet, here I am. Why? Because we have had another shooting. Worse ye...
Iria Vasquez-Paez3 months ago
The Time of a Disabled Person Is Not Yours to Waste
Despite the many disabilities there are out there because of this polluted, godforsaken, hell-hole, and wretched planet of a world that sits on the Orion Arm in the Milky Way Galaxy, disabled people’s...
Renee' Forrester4 months ago
Affliction in the Past Tense
" ...because that was supposed to be the narrative of illness. It was a hurdle you jumped over or a battle you won. Illness is a story told in the past tense." -John Green When I tell people that I ha...
Hannelore Gruber4 months ago
Weathered Down
Pain is a feeling triggered by the nervous system. One may feel it as a prick, tingle, sting, burn, or ache. Everyone experiences pain at some point or another, yet everyone experiences pain different...
Iria Vasquez-Paez4 months ago
Using the Term “Retard” as Hate Speech
Calling somebody names like “r#tard” is the equivalent to calling somebody the n-word. Name-calling is something vicious and evil. People with mental health problems or other disabilities are not reta...
Skye Bothma5 months ago
Why Being Strong Is a Lie
I went to my doctor today and as part of my routine visit she asked me how I’m doing. I told her I’m really good at faking how well I’m coping, but that I’m getting tired, that I’m losing my fight, my...
Katelyn areington5 months ago
23 and Dyslexic​
Getting over my fears I am a 23-year-old female who is afraid of writing and reading. I am horrible at spelling and my thoughts to page get a little lost in translation. But here's all about fighting ...