Category Archives: ableism

Five unhelpful things I wish people would stop saying to me

When people say “you seem normal”, it just sounds like they are afraid of neurodivergence and “crazy” people. It’s a veiled form of ableism. Continue reading

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Calling Trump “crazy” is lazy, ableist and counterproductive

This is going to sound repetitive for anyone who read my last blog post, but throwing around language about mental illness like this, without evidence, is not okay. Not ever. And when it’s about someone like Donald Trump, it carries even more power. Continue reading

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Your pro gun control rhetoric is dangerous for people like me

Mental illness has become a scapegoat for systemic violence, and I’m scared for my friends. Continue reading

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No, hating “big pharma” is not ableist

“Big pharma”, the corporations that control the world’s prescription drugs, consistently take advantage of sick people for profit. Contrary to the headlines I’ve seen lately, hating that is not ableist. What is ableist is judging people for doing the best … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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