Verbal Scripts for Unwanted Offers of Help

I can’t leave the house without encountering disableism. People always presume I’m needy, childlike, tragic, dependent. They speak past me, speak over me, and ignore me. Rarely does anyone engage with me as an independent adult, unless to ask questions about the wheelchair. In those questions, my life is framed as a tragedy. I neverContinue reading “Verbal Scripts for Unwanted Offers of Help”

Three things I wish people knew about living with life-threatening impairment

One of the hardest things about living with life-threatening impairment is actually not dealing with my situation, but with peoples reactions to my situation. Here are three things I wish people knew about living with life-threatening impairment People constantly presume how I must feel, and then react to me based on that – when they’veContinue reading “Three things I wish people knew about living with life-threatening impairment”