Finding Community on the Road

A trip can leave a lasting impression on you. Back in June, I had one of those trips. I attended the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability for the first time. I knew: I would lead a workshop on Wednesday afternoon. The list of speakers and topics intrigued me. I hoped to connect with people during the free time. Other …

To the Parents that Empower

Dear mom and dad, You didn’t just raise me as your daughter with a disability. You saw much more from the beginning. I was your fourth child. In your eyes, I have always been “normal.” You were the first to teach me determination. Giving up was not an option. We didn’t focus on disability or discuss how my limitations affected …

A Spotlight on Project Starfish: One Goal, Many Voices to Break Disability Perceptions

Culture, as a whole, needs to learn about focus. Seeing the strengths of someone. Looking past any obstacles. Coming from the angle of ability. Fact: There is a high level of unemployment for people with disabilities. However, there is a passion to break the employment barriers. Recently I connected with Project Starfish, a group that began as a startup at …

Short Doesn’t Mean Incapable

Today Becky Curran joins our ongoing look into disability misconceptions. She works to fight for inclusion and erase the way culture assumes things about little people. This is her story. ******* As a little person professional, I work in the diversity realm and appreciate the inclusion of every diverse population, however it concerns me that disability, which includes little people, …

Why Avoiding Questions Adds to the Disability Misconceptions

Today we carry on the series about disability misconceptions. This topic is so important. Talking in depth leads to a better understanding of what culture says and how we can grow as a whole. Welcome to the conversation, Brandon! ******* A couple of years ago, I was shopping with my family in the mall, attempting to find the best sale and discounts …

5 Questions with Hidden Disability Misconceptions

Last week I shared the top 10 misconceptions about the physically disabled. Before I wrote that post, I reached out to people online who also have various kinds of disabilities. I soon realized — we are all clashing with culture in similar ways. We face the same assumptions attached to our visible limits. I wish I could tell you I don’t hear the …

The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

We’re going to talk about misconceptions. Things assumed by culture as a whole. These ideas about the physically disabled are often false: A physical disability automatically means a mental disability as well. Wheelchair users are confined to their chairs. Therefore, it’s a miracle when we actually walk. We can’t speak or do anything for ourselves, so you look to whoever is with us. …

When I Felt Different, part six

The past few weeks we have been examining the moments I felt different. Something happened in those stories that made me aware of my physical limitations. If you missed any of the posts: Part One We began the discussion with why I don’t see disability and what I know in my heart. Part Two I shared the effects of falling at …

When I Felt Different, part five

I used to attend a camp for children with neuromuscular disease. I liked it some years. But I grew to not enjoy the camp sooner than most. There was no one reason I stopped going. It was a combination of the school calendar conflicting and my heart no longer connecting well. My friends and fellow campers were not regular attenders anymore …