Thursday, July 29

Tag: disability

In Honor of ADA30

disability, disabled, inspiration I can't believe that it's been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. If it's been difficult for do things as a person with a disability since that time, it would probably have been a nightmare before then. I never needed accommodations as a young person; but if I had, I had no way of knowing that was a possibility or how to ask for them. If we need something to help us do things we need to do or get where we need to go, we can ask. At least there is the opportunity for basic access. It's certainly not enough, but it's better than nothing. I pray one day there will be a system that goes further and does more. I don't mean to imply that people with disabilities are inspirational just for living their ...

Being an Inspiration Is Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Uncategorized She’s more of an inspiration not being an inspiration than she was when people were wanting to give her an “achievement” award for living a “normal” life as a teenager. Remember people with disabilities are part of God’s creation too. We just want to live a normal life. If we need help to do it, that doesn’t make us an inspiration. That just makes us human. That’s the way God created us. That’s the inspiration.
It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

Art, Creativity, disability, disabled, inspiration
  I don't want to stray into inspiration porn here, but there's something I find very striking about this painting. Andrew Wyeth used a real person, his neighbor in Maine, as his inspiration. We don't know for certain what her disability is, but it's clear that her mobility is severely limited. Apparently, she refused to use any kind of mobility aid for whatever reason, and at the time the painting was done, in 1948, I have a feeling that her options were limited to ones that didn't really do much to help her navigate her world. I can't figure out how she would have been able to get out of her house, much less go outside and do anything. The technology is much further advanced in today's world, but so are the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the ...