Prescribing Disability Pride

Last Saturday, my colleagues and I shook things up at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) annual meeting. Bethany Ziss, a developmental pediatrician at the Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh; Noor Pervez, director of community engagement at the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network; Cara Liebowitz, development director at the National Council on Independent Living; and I spoke about disability pride, language preferences, intersectionality, neurodiversity, disability culture and more. All four of us are visibly disabled. We decided to make our presentation public so that others can learn from our collective wisdom.

Four presenters seated around a conference table
Bethany Ziss, Arielle Silverman, Cara Liebowitz and Noor Pervez seated around a conference table.

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