This week, I want to share a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Karen Hitselberger, from Claiming Crip. Hitselberger writes about the unique journey traversed by those of us born with disabilities. From early childhood onward, we are almost always plugged into a system where we are pressured to assimilate, to do things the “nondisabled” way, and to “look like everyone else.” These pressures may be explicit, such as from physical or speech therapists, or they may come indirectly from the fact that our role models and heroes, growing up, are usually nondisabled people.
But if we are fortunate enough, we can eventually come to a place of owning our disabilities. As Hitselberger writes, “I learned accepting disability wasn’t a failure, but a victory… I am disabled and unashamed, not because it’s easy, but because it’s the only way to survive.”
Read Hitselberger’s Post