Blogging Against Disablism

I couldn't get it together to blog about disablism for Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD) today, but I wanted to share some of the stories I appreciated the most.

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  1. The Goldfish started this whole shindig, and Diary of a Goldfish is the home site for all things BADD.
  2. For some stark examples of what "disablism" is, read Philippa Willitts' contribution.
  3. This is not me...
  4. ... but we have something in common.
  5. I have a bit of a hidden disability - well, my fibromyalgia is hidden until I stumble into the furniture or stop talking in the middle of a sentence or curl up all greenish on the bus.
  6. My family is full of folks who worked in human services, so I am used to my mom or sister showing with kids in wheelchairs, fresh from a trip to the mall or whatnot.
  7. While I may have a certain level of comfort with people who have different abilities, I do have to unlearn some words I now know are hurtful. This is just one of them, which I've done a decent job of eliminating from my vocabulary, but I am still not great about confronting in casual use.
  8. As a former Web semi-pro, I found this particular post awesome: Brian Kelly makes a stand for accessible Web content.
  9. Patient stories are emotional - even more so when they involve babies. The mother of a little girl who suffered from spinal muscular atrophy started the Madison Claire Foundation to promote accessible playgrounds. Heartbreaking and thought-provoking.
  10. In another enlightening story, BendyGirl traces her path from office worker to bed-bound activist. I honestly had no idea how bad Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome could be.
  11. Typing of which, May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month.
  12. It's also Multiple Sclerosis Week.
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