In a word: chaotically. On the one hand, I'm expected by people to be a brilliant savant, capable of recalling endless streams of useless or erroneous information the moment they learn I'm autistic. Yet, on the other hand, I'm automatically dismissed or judged negatively when it's learnt that I'm also depressed. Because depression is silly … Continue reading Autistic and depressed? How does that work?
On twitter today I came across a thread about a new show, Atypical. Now, I personally am not even remotely interested in this show: it might be about an autistic character but I know it isn't for me. Atypical is definitely not for me even if it exploits what it's like to be me to get good … Continue reading Autistic? Parents of Autistics don’t know what it’s like to BE Autistic
So today was a big day for me, I finally got to see a rheumatology specialist for the first time in life about my chronic pain. A little bit of background: I'm 23 years old, Autistic and clinically depressed. When I was younger I was superactive and engaged in sports to a terrifying degree. As … Continue reading The wonder of being taken seriously when you suffer from chronic pain
I came across this article by teen vogue via tumblr, discussing the disabled villain trope and the harm it does. Now, as someone who is disabled in a number of ways, this hits close to home. And I had a lot of thoughts about it. I mean, this is partially one of the reasons why disabled and … Continue reading Disabled Villains and the Problems they Present for Disabled People
So I just came across a thread on twitter about #Autism and in this thread there's a young woman studying to be a nurse. You would expect someone studying to be part of the nursing profession to perhaps have a little more self-awareness, not to mention be a little more candid, that stating outright that an #Autistic who has … Continue reading How One Person’s Opinion on Hygiene and Autism Angered Me
Interesting analysis of disability and Scar as a disabled character in The Lion King, with a focus on the habit of conflating disability with evilness.
By: Amanda Taylor
Disability is an underlying message in many texts and films that we have been exposed to, even if sometimes it is a subtler trend that we are forced to investigate. In many children’s films there are trends, stories, and messages that we can easily overlook or disregard in some cases. Depression, madness, anger, and jealousy are all present within the famous character, Scar, in The Lion King. Scar encompasses many traits that make him less able minded than other characters, such as Mufasa. There are visual and personality significations, as well as implied and more direct messages such as his physical appearance throughout the story of Scar that can be addressed. The Lion King leads us to believe that disabilities such as anger management and depression are always detrimental.
Beginning with the symbols and signs that Scar himself represents, we see things that push us to think…
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While there are more terms in Disability Studies than the ones included in this post, this is a good starting point and simple explanation of some of the common terms used in DS.
By: Ciara Saavedra
Keywords for Disability Studies describes ability as a “quality in a person that makes an action possible” (Adams et al. 12). Today, ability is seen as a simple binary term that encompasses two parts to it- ability and disability (Adams et al. 5). From this definition, these terms function as opposites of one another which leaves little space for those who fall in between (Adams et al. 12). The Oxford English Dictionary defines ability as, “the quality in a person or thing which makes an action possible; suitable or sufficient power or proficiency; capability, capacity to do, or (now rare) of doing something” (“ability, n.”). This definition alludes to the Industrial Revolution as it gives the impression that ability gives way to efficiency; thus seeing the body as a means to producing an end (Adams et al. 12). The OED also defines ability…
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