I am invisible

There is almost nothing written about nonverbal learning disorder in adults. Almost nothing. What little there is, is written by the so-called "experts" - psychologists and the like, often about how to recognize it in adults, or tips for surviving the workplace. I have found exactly one published book written by someone with NLD. It's an invisible topic. … Continue reading I am invisible

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On the ableism of the holidays

I probably don't have to tell you that the holidays are out of hand. We know they are out of hand. Every year we acknowledge it, we complain about malls and music and all the crap we buy and receive, and yet we still participate in it. I constantly hear people talking about about how exhausting … Continue reading On the ableism of the holidays

When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable

People get uncomfortable when I mention that I have a disability. Not everyone, but a lot of people. People are totally fine with casually discussing the idea of disability rights and barriers that people face — in theory. But as soon as it's a personal issue, things get weird. Invisible disabilities are a funny thing. When … Continue reading When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable

Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism

As a disabled person, I have often trouble letting people do things for me. It's a part of my internalized ableism. The things I need are always changing. When my anxiety is bad, I'll ask a friend to come hang out just because I need not to be alone. Sometimes I need someone to make … Continue reading Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism